Bolton defender Ricardo Almeida Santos believes the Trotters want to stay collectively via their present interval of inconsistency and hopes the Wanderers’ man’s private kind helps and rubs off on his team-mates.
The 25-year-old has been one in all Bolton’s star performers of late with a string of constant excessive customary performances on the again for the League Two facet.
He has established himself within the Wanderers defence on the coronary heart of a again three, alongside a mixture of Ryan Delaney, Alex Baptiste and Harry Brockbank.
In midweek, Wanderers boss Evatt pointed to Santos, fellow defender Delaney and skipper Antoni Sarcevic as being three gamers who’re at the moment ‘carrying’ the Trotters.
After a tough begin to life on the Trotters the place the defender was criticised for his performances, Santos turned a nook and hopes his personal private feats on the again will help encourage his team-mates and believes they’ll stick collectively via their present interval of inconsistent outcomes.
He mentioned: “I get fitter and understanding the center position extra. On the minute we’re not getting the outcomes however I’m having fun with my soccer and I simply hope it might have an impact, rub off on just a few extra of my team-mates as a result of we have to get going.
“It’s a part of soccer. It is a massive membership and everybody needs Bolton to be again the place they need to be, so it’s comprehensible. Stuff like that I don’t actually look into it – but when I did it might encourage me to show what I can do. I do know what I’m able to doing.
“It’s a group recreation. You possibly can’t get on at people. Now we have to enhance as a group and we’ll do it collectively. Gamers will make errors so you could have to have the ability to react, be sure you don’t make them in different video games, we’ll stick collectively on that.”
The Trotters had been dumped out of the FA Cup on the first spherical stage by Crewe Alexandra over the weekend.
The Railwaymen booked their place in in the present day’s second spherical draw after objectives from Mikael Mandron, Oli Finney and Charlie Kirk noticed Crewe emerge victorious, with Nathan Delfouneso scoring twice for Wanderers.
Mandron handed the guests the lead earlier than Delfouneso equalised earlier than half-time, earlier than Finney and Kirk struck after the break to make it 3-1, earlier than the Bolton striker scored his second of the sport.
And Santos believes the objectives Bolton scored are proof of what the Trotters are able to when issues click on on the pitch however believes they must be constant all through the 90 minutes.
He mentioned: “No one needs to lose within the first spherical of the FA Cup however at 1-1 I used to be feeling it was a recreation we might have received. It was a sloppy second purpose to concede.
“I assumed from there we might nonetheless come again into the sport however they’d a bit greater than us ultimately.
“As you possibly can see the objectives we scored, they had been nice high quality, we’re able to doing it. But it surely’s the consistency to maintain that up via a recreation.
“It solely comes with focus and confidence. Everybody wants to stay collectively and believing we are going to flip that nook as a result of once we do I believe we’ll be a harmful facet.”
Santos joined Bolton over the summer season as one in all greater than 20 new signings dropped at the membership by Evatt after leaving Barnet.
The 25-year-old’s early profession started at Dagenham & Redbridge and included spells at Billericay City, Dover Athletic and Thurrock.
In 2014, he was signed by Peterborough United below Darren Ferguson, earlier than leaving firstly of 2017 to hitch Barnet.
And Santos has opened up on his departure from Posh and the way his time on the membership got here to an finish after falling out of favour at Peterborough following Ferguson’s departure and below subsequent boss Grant McCann.
“I used to be taking part in lots at Peterborough however then a brand new gaffer got here in and determined to play different folks over me. Possibly he had his favourites, I’m not likely certain,” Santos mentioned.
“I used to be younger on the time so I didn’t actually perceive not taking part in soccer. I simply needed to get out.
“I most likely might have gone out on mortgage however as a substitute I simply needed to go.
“It’s a great factor now as a result of I’m right here at Bolton. On the time I went to Barnet, the primary season I went there we obtained relegated and I used to be questioning if it was the fitting transfer for me however issues obtained higher and I’m right here now so I believe it has labored out for me.
“Soccer has ups and downs, you get good days and dangerous days. You simply need extra of the higher ones.”