RICARDO Santos says there has been no moping around at Wanderers, even when the team was not on a roll.

Ian Evatt’s side has gone three unbeaten and chalked up a first home win of the season to start moving back in the right direction in the League Two table.

Though there have been some challenging times to negotiate in the first couple of months, defender Santos reckons the mood within the training ground has stayed remarkably high thanks, in part, to some dressing room pranksters and a mysterious pair of dice.

“There’s a good bunch of lads at the club, we’ve got a funny group, and we all get along as well,” he told the club.

“A lot of banter goes around the changing room and we’ve got a little fines system going on with dice deciding the severity of the fine, things like that.

“The camaraderie is really good and every day – even though the results haven’t always been good – we have stuck together.”

Various penalties – ranging from being late for the team bus, to losing the Friday six-a-side - are decided with the dressing room dice, with all money going into a team kitty.

Sources at the training ground say penalties of up to £300 have been incurred by some unlucky rollers.

Thankfully, Santos has found his luck has changed for the better at Bolton. After an error-strewn start to the campaign the former Peterborough United man has found a settled position in the middle of Evatt’s back three and is now brimming with confidence.

The big centre-back who dropped back down into the National League after leaving Posh, playing for three years at Barnet, is determined to make a good fist of his time with the Whites.

“I have always wanted to get back playing in the Football League and hopefully I can push on now and get promotion with Bolton.

“I know what I am capable of and I know I didn’t start the season too well on a personal note. I was still working hard in training every day, giving my all, all the time.

“I don’t mind playing on the right, but I am getting used to playing in the middle of the three and it’s probably where I prefer now.

“Hopefully, I can keep improving, get stronger and stronger each game, and do well for the team. I know that once it clicks we’re going to be very strong.

“But I am enjoying my time here. It’s very cold, randomly and out of the blue as well. There are a lot of different accents and things like that, so sometimes it takes me a bit of time to understand.”