Melbourne Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton is confident Red and White youngsters Jeremy Walker, Sam Mitchinson and Ben Garuccio can do a job when needed after performing well in the 0-0 draw with Sydney.
“They’re good lads, [they have] good work ethic, they fit right into our system and we are very confident that they can do a job when needed and they showed it on the weekend,” Bolton said this afternoon after training.
The youngsters see the veteran custodian as a role model to look up to and Bolton is happy to share his knowledge.
“Yeah they’re good young lads and they’re very open to feedback, they’re vessels for knowledge, they want knowledge so I give to them.”
Garuccio though will miss up to a month with strained and torn ankle ligaments from Fabio’s horrid tackle.
“He’s obviously come in and done a really good job when needed. I hope Benny gets back on park quickly as possible because he’s a valued player in our squad,” Bolton said of the 17-year-old.
The 37-year-old ‘keeper kept his first clean sheet of the season against his former club, but it doesn’t mean a lot after another missed opportunity.
“I’ve forgotten what it feels like [to keep a clean sheet]”, Bolton joked.
“But to be fair without the three points it doesn’t mean a lot. It’s nice to pick up a point away from home, but the win’s the most important thing.”
But the Heart aren’t’ panicking with still a long way to go.
“There’s no panic, we are nine games in, two-thirds of the way to go so morale is good,” Bolton revealed.
After another chance to rise up the table wasted Bolton believes the three points are important to release the pressure.
“The more weeks that go along without winning the more pressure builds so if we can get a win out of this game the pressure releases somewhat, so it’s important to get three points this weekend, but we’re confident what we’re doing, we’re not far off, we’re not doing a lot wrong and it’s just the matter of getting enough results on the table to start rising up that table.”
This week the Heart take on Perth Glory and Bolton expects a tough game.
They’re one of the front runners of this league so you can expect another tough game with Smeltzy (Shane Smeltz) up front.”
But the gloveman has confidence in his defence with Smeltz likely to test the Heart.
“I have full confidence in our team as a unit, as a defensive unit, we haven’t done much wrong this year.”
Meanwhile in other Melbourne Heart news Patrick Gerhardt didn’t train this afternoon, but Argentine Jonathan Germano returned for his first full training session after missing the start of the season with a calf injury.