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Santos Is Up For the Fight

Skipper relishing prospect of 'massive' game against top-six targets

11 March 2022

Captain Ricardo Almeida Santos is predicting an exciting Saturday showdown as Wanderers aim to bridge the gap.

Wanderers face Plymouth Argyle in a vital game as the countdown continues at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Arygle currently occupy the final League One play-off spot –seven points ahead of the Whites.

But a seventh home win in eight attempts for Wanderers could have Argyle looking over their shoulders.

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And Santos believes the Pilgrims will face a different proposition than the one they did back in October, when Wanderers were rolled over 3-0 on a stormy night in Devon.

“The club has moved forward. We have a lot of new players and look more like a team now, with the way we are playing,” said Santos, who took over the captain’s armband after the defeat at Home Park which he missed through suspension.

“It’s going to be an exciting game. It won’t be like Tuesday.

“I don’t think they will sit back. I think they will come out and press. It’s two teams playing for something and it’s going to be a good game.

“Seven points isn’t a lot of points. It’s massive game for us for where we want to be in this league.

“They’re fighting for exactly what we’re fighting for. We will go out there with no pressure, just enjoy it and try and win.

“We’re looking forward to it. Everyone is fired up and we can’t wait.”

Wanderers dropped points at home for the first time since early January when Morecambe escaped with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

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It took until the 94th-minute for the Whites’ pressure to finally pay off with an equaliser after they had dominated throughout.

Santos was among those frustrated in his attempts to try and force an equaliser as the defensive powerhouse and Wanderers' talisman joined in the ever-growing number of set-plays.

He did play a part in Jon Dadi’s precious point-saver but admits he is desperate to follow fellow defenders George Johnston and Will Aimson onto the scoresheet this season and claim his first goal for the club.

“I think I’m the only without a goal!” Santos added.

“I don’t feel pressure but I need to get a goal. For my size and build I need to get a goal.

“I think I’ll be the happiest man ever when it happens. I’m trying. Hopefully it will come soon.”

Watch Rico's pre-match interview HERE


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