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Romford boss Martin wants to remain positive but knows he is facing relegation battle

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 February 2018

Romford defenders swarm Hornchurch attacker Theo Fairweather-Johnson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford defenders swarm Hornchurch attacker Theo Fairweather-Johnson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin is remaining positive despite being just two points off the bottom of the Bostik North table ahead of their clash with in-form Aveley this weekend.

Romford striker Luke Hornsley goes close after beating Jay Porter to a header (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Romford striker Luke Hornsley goes close after beating Jay Porter to a header (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Boro make the short trip to their Parkside on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from a heavy 6-0 defeat against the leaders Hornchurch in midweek.

Martin’s men are in 23rd place after losing three consecutive matches – going down 2-0 at home to Canvey on Saturday – and face a Millers side who are unbeaten in their last three fixtures.

“I don’t want to sound critical but what do people expect from me? I don’t want to keep using this as an excuse, but we’ve got no money,” Martin said.

“We should be bottom of the league every year, we’ve punched well above our weight for too long and sometimes it happens, you’ve just got to get on with it.

“You won’t see me walk away, I won’t walk around with my head down, I’ve just got to try and be positive and make sure we can stay out of the rot.

“At the end of the day there are no excuses for where we are – barring how strong the league is.”

The Boro boss believes it will be tough against James Webster’s men as he feels they’re finally starting to click as a team.

“When you change managers it either clicks right away or it takes time and it’s probably taken a lot more time than James thought it would, but he’s starting to find his feet and finding out what all the players are about,” he added.

“It’s hard when you try to set a team up on 4G from the pitches he’s been used to playing on at Brightlingsea Regent, but he’s had a lot of time to find his feet and get the right personnel in.”

Martin admits his side must be positive and take encouragement from their 2-1 victory at Parkside against Grays Athletic last month.

“We got a good result against Grays on it, so we know we can play on it, it’s a different style of football, but it all depends who shows up on the day and who wants it,” he said.

The long-serving boss now wants his men to bounce back from their heavy derby defeat on Wednesday and stop leaking goals as it could prove costly.

“You lose 1-0 or 6-0, you’ve still lost three points, so it doesn’t matter in those terms, goal difference could play a part now we’re in a dog fight, but I’ve said to them we’ve got to pick our heads up,” he added.

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