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Rico's Pride At Captain's Job

Defender eyes fresh start after superb fightback marks first game as skipper

25 October 2021

Ricardo Almeida Santos is ‘honoured’ to be the new Wanderers’ skipper after being handed the captain’s armband.

Santos stepped into the role for the first time as Wanderers hit back to draw 2-2 with Gillingham on Saturday.

And the 26-year-old central defender was delighted to get the nod from boss Ian Evatt.

“I am honoured. It’s a massive club and I am honoured to be captain of this club,” said Santos.

“With the squad we have, we have a lot of leaders and experienced players, so for the gaffer to name me captain I’m so grateful.

“Everyone has been supportive and happy for me. It’s a good squad with good togetherness.

“I’m very proud and it’s something I’m going to embrace. Now I just want to lead the boys to more wins.”

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Wanderers were unable to kick off Santos’ reign as skipper with a first victory in four league games.

But a superb fightback from 2-0 down – capped by late goals from Dapo Afolayan Kieran Lee – secured Evatt’s men a valuable point at the end of a testing period which included the departure of former captain Antoni Sarcevic.

And Santos hopes the manner of Wanderers’ second-half performance and the spirit they showed – together with some superb backing from the stands – will be the catalyst for a renewed push up the League One table.

“This game was massive for us. We knew we had to get a result to try and let the dust settle from last week,” he added.

“It was a crazy week but it was a fresh start and a good start to what we’re building here.

“I’d say (to the fans) just stick with us. You can see we’ve got a real good togetherness and we’ve got to build on this.

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“They were making a lot of noise and pushing the boys on and with their help we got two goals and came back in the game.

“We thought we had started well and conceded two sloppy goals. But we always knew we were still in the game.

“The gaffer came in (at half-time) and motivated everyone and everyone in the changing room was pushing each other on.

“Once we got that first goal, the fans lifted us up as well, and I just knew we could come back and we got the last one with Kieran.

“I thought we could have got a third one but hopefully we can push on and build on this. We’ll take it and move on and build on this result.”

To watch Ricardo's post-match interview, click HERE


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