Martin praises Romford’s character after late winner
10:33 11 September 2014
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Romford scored in the tenth minute of stoppage time
Romford manager Paul Martin hailed his side’s character after they scored a last-gasp winner to defeat local rivals Redbridge at Ship Lane yesterday in the Ryman One North.
Ryan Imbert struck in the tenth minute of stoppage time to give Boro an invaluable 2-1 victory, a win which moves them up to 16th in the table, and Martin was happy to give himself some deserved credit.
He switching formation at half time to 4-3-3, before moving Imbert into the centre late in the game - a position he would eventually score the winner from.
“If Redbridge had beaten us they would have gone level with us, which would have put us down in the bottom three but we took it down to the wire and I think the boys deserved the win,” said Martin.
“A lot of teams have done us this year by changing their formation at half time and I have gone with a formation that I have been able to change and it has paid off.
“It could have been one of those games where we could still be playing now and we wouldn’t have scored but the priority for the boys is to keep going for the 90 minutes, or whatever it was, and we have gone on and nicked the winner.
“It is nice to give yourself a pat on the back. We took Nick Reynolds off and put Ryan back in the middle and he has gone and got the winner so it has all worked well for us in the second half.”
Romford went behind in the first half when they allowed Motormen’s Brian Moses too much space and he picked out Shane Wallace, who rolled in the opener.
Captain Jack Barry leveled the scores in the second period before Boro’s endeavor was rewarded through Imbert.
Although the winner didn’t come until a mass brawl had occurred involving virtually all the players and management of both sides due to Patrick Damali’s straight red card, and Wallace earned a red minutes afterwards for a second booking which would prove costly for Redbridge.
Martin added: “(The brawl) is part and parcel of football and the geezer Damali has obviously, look you can’t throw a ball at someone’s face can you?
“Our boy George Cocklin has gone down with a bit of dirt in his eye and again their geezer didn’t stop going at him so the referee has sent him off and he is still going on.
“It took a 22-man brawl to slow it all and calm it down but at the end of the day I don’t think we should have to come on the pitch to break it up and I don’t believe all the subs should come on, that is nonsense.
“The second sending off has probably paid for us to go and get the win because Tom Richardson’s cross has come from the side where their bloke has got sent off.
“But as I say, that is part and parcel of football you are going to expect that at this level sometimes but I have just got to be happy with three points and to move up the table.”