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Swans can hit form at right time: Bolton

By Peter Smith 26/08/2008 05:44:38 PM Comments (0)

Midfielder Jude Bolton believes Sydney can recapture their form in time for the AFL finals series despite recent unimpressive showings.

Premiers in 2005 and now heading for their sixth consecutive finals series, the Swans have rarely been in poorer form - having won just two of their last eight outings.

They tackle Brisbane at the SCG on Saturday in the knowledge that the real contest will be the following week when the team's finals campaign kicks off.

Sydney secured a finals berth in the penultimate round last weekend despite a 45-point loss to Collingwood and Bolton feels the underdog tag could work in his team's favour.

"There is no pressure on us because no one expects us to win," he said.

"No one gives us any chance and obviously there are a few teams that think they should be in our spot but we have managed to secure a spot and just have to take advantage of that now.

"We have dug ourselves out of holes before and we have the finals to look forward to.

"There are eight other teams that won't be playing in a week's time. If we can recapture some form and a bit of confidence then there is plenty to look forward to.

"We are just going to back ourselves and make sure we don't fracture as a group and really work hard on the training track, that's the way you work out of a bad patch.

"We have just got to make sure that we really attack the game, come out with confidence, back ourselves and obviously start well."

Bolton has been one of his team's better performers this season despite the 28-year-old being put up for trade during the last off-season after nine seasons at the club.

The Sydneysiders can lay claim to being the AFL's most consistently performing club over the past 12 seasons, having now reached their 10th finals series in that time, a feat no other club can boast.

But they have been leaking goals at an alarming rate recently and have not been in front at halftime since round 13 against bottom-placed Melbourne.

"We will need to shore up our defence, put more pressure on as a midfield group and also better deliver to our forwards," says Bolton.

"There is a lot of areas that we need to work on, it will be tough to do it in two weeks and this week alone, but we will be doing everything we can on the training track to work through that."

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