Santos: Leiston replay will be tough

THIS time last year Georges Santos was training with Ipswich Town.

THIS time last year Georges Santos was training with Ipswich Town.

Last Saturday he was at Leiston with his current club Fleetwood in the first round of the FA Cup.

And the former Blues defender, who hails from the St Verde Islands, today stressed that there will be no complacency in the Fleetwood camp in next Tuesday's replay on the Lancashire coast.

Santos moved from Farsley Celtic to join Fleetwood last month but not until after he had been involved in an FA Cup defeat against Stalybridge.

This has ruled him out of playing against FA Cup sensations Leiston, although he travelled with Blue Square North Fleetwood to Suffolk for last weekend's 0-0 draw.

“A draw was a fair result on Saturday,” said Santos, who lives in Sheffield.

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“It would be fair to say that Fleetwood were expecting to make their higher league position pay, and that they were surprised by the standard of the Leiston team.

“We were perhaps expecting a comfortable win but we did not start well and it proved a tough game in difficult conditions.”

Santos, 38, played for Ipswich in the 2003/04 campaign making 38 appearances and scoring one goal.

He played at Tranmere with Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon and is enjoying his time with a club situated just along the coast from Blackpool.

“The prize for Tuesday's winners is huge with a home tie against Brighton or Hartlepool, and there will be no complacency this time on Fleetwood's part,” he added.

“Full marks to Leiston as they played well and are a good side and a credit to step five football.

“Micky was disappointed not to get the job done on Saturday, and he is determined to do that on Tuesday. But he is aware it will not be easy.”

Santos is set to play for Fleetwood in Saturday's league game at Stafford Rangers and is pleased for the help of Ipswich manager Jim Magilton in allowing him to keep fit prior to joining Farsley last January.

“Jim - with the support of club chairman David Sheepshanks - was great to allow me to train with Ipswich for six weeks last year,” said Santos.

“I greatly appreciate that and I am looking forward to having a meal at the Galley Restaurant in Ipswich with owner Ugur Vata, who is one of the many friends I made during my time in Suffolk.”

Ridgeons League, Premier Division Leiston are travelling to Fleetwood on the day next Tuesday - with an overnight stay before returning back to Suffolk.

And Santos and his Fleetwood team mates are determined to bring their amazing run to an end and spoil what could be the party to beat all parties at the Lancashire resort next Tuesday night.

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