Romford boss pleased with reaction

Martin: We deserved three points

Romford boss Paul Martin was pleased to see his side bounce back from opening-day defeat at Harlow to beat Redbridge in midweek.

Kurt Smith’s goal was enough for a 1-0 win at Mill Field and Martin said: “If you score goals, you can win games. We lost 1-0 on Saturday, but won 1-0 on Tuesday.

“The first half at Harlow was not what I expected. We were too laid back and gave them too much respect.

“We couldn’t string five-yard passes together but in the second half we probably deserved a point. We created chances but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net and at the end of the day, they got the goal.

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“We had the same formation (on Tuesday), a couple of changes in personnel, and I think we deserved the three points.

“It was a good goal from Kurt. You never know with him and his left peg, but it was quite a comfortable finish, and it was good to have Abs (Seymour) back to tighten things up.

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“We gave a couple of young lads a start, Joe Oates and Jahmel Heywoord, and no-one let us down.

“We defended tremendously, weathered storms here and there and created good chances ourselves. We hit the bar and had a good shout for a penalty late on. We had better and more chances and fair play to us.”

Romford were playing a behind-closed-doors friendly against East Thurrock last night (Thursday) in a bid to give players some game time, should they be needed for serious action.

And with a rash of early bookings already piling up that might be any time soon.

Martin added: “The refs are jumping on the yellow cards a bit. I think we’ve had eight in two games and there hasn’t been a bad tackle.

“It stops the game and it’s killing football. They want a Respect campaign, but they ignore us and then wonder why we end up shouting at them!

“They’re all learning, like us, but you wish they would let it flow a bit. They can’t have day jobs if they’ve got all that paperwork to do and it costs us money too. That was the gate money gone the other night!”

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