Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin praised his side’s fight after Grays Athletic victory
PUBLISHED: 16:51 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 26 April 2018
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Romford manager Paul Martin praises his side’s work rate as they boosted their survival hopes with a 3-2 victory against Grays Athletic on Wednesday.
Goals from Chris Taylor, Carlos Djalo and Greg Akpele sealed the three points for Boro despite a late fightback from the Blues at Ship Lane and left them just two points behind relegation rivals Norwich United.
Boss Martin was delighted to get the win, but admitted it was a nervy ending and he felt Jamie Stuart’s men could have clawed it back.
“I can’t knock the work rate from the players and they’ve given themselves a life line and it’s now down to them whether they take it,” said Martin.
“I think another five minutes in that game it could have been a different scenario and we could be having a different conversation as they put us under the cosh towards the end.
“We caught them on the counter attack a couple times and we took our chances which has won us the game but as I say another five minutes it would have been 3-3 all day long.”
The long-serving boss was pleased with the reaction from his players after losing their previous two matches, adding: “We had a very good run up until the Witham away game. We played Witham and Brentwood and was disappointing. I’ve just said to them that win could have secured us.
“They owed me one and that’s the treble over Grays, two wins in the league and one in the cup.
“I’ve been in this league a long time now and for anyone to do that in one season is unbelievable, let alone the team that is bottom of the league. They’re quality and you knew they could pop up with two or three quite easily.”
Martin was pleased with his selection for the clash as their three goals came through three different players.
“It is pleasing when you’re a manager and you have to make tough decisions of who to start and who to leave out,” he said. “We’ve made them decisions and all three of them have scored so as a manager you’re happy as you’ve made the right choice in personnel to get the goals.”