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Romford boss wants more

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Friday, March 14, 2014
12:00 PM

Martin frustrated by under-performing team

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Romford boss Paul Martin is desperate for his side to get something against lowly Wroxham tomorrow (Saturday), ahead of a tough four-game sequence in Ryman One North.

Boro ran out 2-0 winners at Burnham last weekend, but were beaten by Brentwood on Tuesday before Tom Richardson’s last-minute winner at bogey side Waltham Abbey last night (Thursday).

And Martin wants to see more points on the board as his side struggle for consistency.

He said: “We struggle every year to beat the teams around us. Ideally you want to get nine out of 12 points from those four games.

“We’ve got four tougher games coming up against Soham, VCD Athletic, Sudbury and Needham Market where you’d be happy with four points out of 12 and if we play how we have been, we can expect to come away disappointed from those.”

Paul Clayton and Nick Reynolds netted late goals to earn victory at Leslie Field on Saturday and Reynolds struck again in the midweek derby, before Sam Bantick’s late winner for Brentwood.

Martin added: “The last three Saturdays have been very dull games and it was an ugly win last Saturday.

“I didn’t think we deserved anything but we got the three points.

“It was disappointing as a manager to watch but we’ve not played well for month and have been nicking wins.

“As a manager you want excitement and good things to talk about, not criticising them for what they’re doing wrong.

“You could see it coming, though, and I was spitting feathers on Tuesday and went straight home.

“It was my 300th game and I didn’t even go in the bar. It was a derby against our arch rivals, who were third from bottom, and it was a real kick in the teeth.”

Chris Barry made his return to the side at Waltham Abbey, after re-signing for the club.

And Martin is hoping he can lift Boor in the closing weeks of the season as they play for position.

He added: “It’s hard trying to keep momentum when there’s nothing to play for in the last 15 or so games.

“We can’t get promoted and although mathematically we can still get relegated I don’t think it’s going to happen.

“Tired legs are no excuse but we’ve got a few knocks and others with work commitments and Chris said he would help us. He’s comfortable on the ball and has a good delivery at dead balls.

“I might bring some youngsters in from the under-18s to liven it up as well.

“I’m expecting more from them. I love my boys and I’m behind them all the time, but it’s frustrating when they’re trying to do things they’re not capable of.

“We’ve got to pick the right side and plan it to get the right balance. Some might say we’re rotating too much, but we’re underperforming.”

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