RICARDO Almeida Santos says Wanderers are ready to roll up their sleeves at Fleetwood and show they can do the “ugly side” too.

On what is likely to be a wet and wild night on the Fylde Coast, Ian Evatt has warned his team they may not get an opportunity to play football that is easy on the eye.

Santos recalls grinding out results in some of the tough away trips in League Two last season and believes a similar attitude will be needed at Highbury.

“Sometimes you have got to do whatever you can to win,” he told The Bolton News. “I know the gaffer wants us to play pretty football, out from the back, but if it is going to be as bad as we expect then maybe it is a time to get the ball in the right areas.

“Most importantly, everyone needs to work their socks off, get on the second balls, and then we can win the game, I am sure of that.

“Like last season, going to places like Mansfield on a horrible windy night, the pitch was horrible, so it could be one of those again.

“We have to go over there and do whatever we can do to get three points.”

With Storm Barra bound to shape the game in some way, Wanderers may need to improve on one of the weakest aspects of their season to take a result at Fleetwood.

Set pieces have yielded just two goals for the club all season, the joint-lowest total in the whole of the division.

Santos thought he had cracked it against Cheltenham, seeing what would have been his first Bolton goal disallowed for offside. But the club skipper insists there has been enough work on the training ground to improve that side of the game.

“It needs to be better,” he said. “We actually do a lot of set pieces in training with Sam Hird, so maybe if we get one then it will start rolling.

“But we need to improve because it is the kind of thing that can really help when you are drawing a game 0-0 and it’s really tight.

“Set pieces are vital and we need to try and score a few.”

Wanderers gave the players a couple of days off last week to rest up in time for a concentrated six-game run to the end of the year.

After stabilising their form during November with two wins, a draw and a defeat from four games, Santos is optimistic Bolton can have a good run to the end of 2021.

“The gaffer looks after us with training and he is always looking at the data to see when we are doing too much or too little,” he said. “I think he is trying to keep everyone who is available in good shape.

“I think we were much better in November so we can take positives from that and go into this month looking to get a few more wins.