Romford boost their survival hopes with a massive victory against near rivals Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 April 2018

Romford's Ayodeji Olukoga goes close against Norwich United (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford's Ayodeji Olukoga goes close against Norwich United (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford boss Paul Martin is delighted that his side have given their survival hopes a major boost with a 3-0 victory against relegation rivals Norwich United.

Carlos Djalo Oso (right) celebrates his second goal with team-mate Ernest Okoh (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Carlos Djalo Oso (right) celebrates his second goal with team-mate Ernest Okoh (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A brace from Carlos Djalo and a solo effort from Ernest Okoh guided them to the vital three points that take them level on points with their opponents at Ship Lane.

Martin revealed he kept it simple in his demands ahead of the encounter and praised Steve Eastaugh’s men for their efforts.

“All I asked them to do was get the result and they’ve gone and down that, the clean sheet was another positive, but listen I think they’re another team that shouldn’t be where they are.

“They’re capable of hurting people, they’re very good going forward, and they’ve got bags of energy, their work rate is good and as I say someone had to get beat or you take a point each and unfortunately they’ve lost.”

The long-serving manager admitted it was disappointing not to win the match by more goals after missing multiple chances.

“That’s the disappointing thing in my opinion, we would have taken a 1-0 win at the beginning of the game, but when you know you had a good couple of counter attacks after they sort of threw the towel in a bit it was disappointing.

“A few extra goals for our goal difference could count at the end of the season, and that’s the little dig I’ve had at them in there.”

Martin praised striker Djalo who has netted three goals in the last two matches to guide Romford to back-to-back wins.

“He took his penalty well the other day, he has absolutely scored a worldie today (Wednesday), and you know we haven’t scored that many good goals this year only really Cosso’s last week and Carlos goal this week.

“It’s about time other people start scoring but listen nothing is done yet there is no point us winning that one and losing Saturday because we haven’t gained anything.

“We know now we’ve just got to get one more result better than them and match their results in their last five games and then we stay up.”

Boro have five matches left this campaign against the likes of Potters Bar Town, Witham Town, Brentwood Town, Grays Athletic and Maldon & Tiptree and it could now go down to the wire for their Bostik North status.


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