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Mar 15, 2012   |  9:30PM AET

Bolton Looks To Sydney Clash

Bolton Looks To Sydney Clash

Melbourne Heart FC’s reigning player of the year Clint Bolton doesn’t believe his side’s strong record against Sydney FC will be a significant factor ahead of Saturday’s showdown at AAMI Park.

Melbourne Heart FC-s reigning player of the year Clint Bolton doesn-t believe his side-s strong record against Sydney FC will be a significant factor ahead of Saturday-s showdown at AAMI Park.

The Red and White have recorded two victories and three draws in five meetings with Sydney FC, with the side-s last match-up resulting in a 4-0 Heart triumph at Allianz Stadium.

However, form lines will be disregarded when Heart and Sydney clash on Saturday, with the lure of a place in the Hyundai A-League Finals Series on the line.

Sitting a point clear of Sydney FC with two matches remaining, Heart can cement its place in the top six with a win, while defeat will snatch the Club-s destiny from its hands, with John van ‘t Schip-s outfit then dependent on other results to achieve its ambition of a finals berth.

Bolton looms large as a pivotal figure on Saturday night, with the 35-year old in the midst of a strong run of form, which has seen him reassert his status among the competition-s leading glovesmen.

“I don’t want to jinx myself but I haven’t lost to Sydney since I’ve been in Melbourne,” he said.

“So that’s a good thing but it’s just a small thing. I just want to make the finals. It will be a waste of a season if we don’t make it.’”

Bolton, 35, enjoyed a stellar stint in the Harbour City, winning a pair of Hyundai A-League Championships in addition to featuring at the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup, while his form in Sky Blue earned the Bundaberg-native a recall to Socceroo colours in 2006.

Despite his success in Sydney, Bolton admits he will derive a degree of satisfaction in reaching the Hyundai A-League Finals Series at his former side-s expense, but says it isn-t an overriding motivation.

“It will obviously be a bit sweeter because they’re the team I left,” he said.

“It’s just happened by fate that we’re meeting at this stage of the season where there’s so much on the line and, if there’s a victor, they will go through to the top six.”