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Disappointed Martin wanted more from Romford

PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 September 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford boss Paul Martin could not hide his disappointment after seeing his side knocked out of the FA Cup by local rivals Hornchurch.

Former Boro defender Nathan Cooper scored the only goal of the first qualifying round tie at Ship Lane, heading home Brad Warner’s corner on 18 minutes.

And Martin felt it was totally avoidable, saying: “One mistake has knocked us out of the FA Cup. Simple as that.

“They’ve all had a job to do, James Ishmail knows Nathan Cooper is his man for corners and he switches off. He scores and you lose 1-0, three grand out of pocket. “They weren’t better than us on the day. It wasn’t the greatest game to watch, especially for an FA Cup game, and I thought I carried too many players.

“I put the experienced players out and some didn’t turn up, which frustrated me the most.

“If it had been 0-0 we would’ve been in the draw, in a replay on Tuesday and it could’ve been a different game. There’s only been one mistake and it’s cost us. In any football, games are won by mistakes or worldies and unfortunately it has backfired on us by a lack of concentration.”

Martin made five changes to his side, following Romford’s 4-1 defeat at Hornchurch in Bostik North on Bank Holiday Monday.

But Boro were unable to seriously test Sam Mott in the Urchins goal, in a game of few clear-cut chances, and he added: “I’ve said I’m not happy with them, I thought there were two or three players who didn’t give me as much as they normally do.

“I thought we gave them too much respect in the first half. It’s a cup game, you’ve got nothing to lose, but ‘Goochy’ has only really had one save, their keeper has had to do absolutely nothing. He could’ve had a cup of tea and a fag hanging out of his mouth really!

“We didn’t test him enough. That’s frustrating as I thought we defended well enough. We weren’t under the cosh at all, the whole game. We soaked up the pressure.

“But I wanted us to try get the ball down and play a bit more than we did, but we got stuck into a system of smashing it long and they soaked up the pressure better than us.”

Jamie Dicks fired a good free-kick chance over and Dan Cossington headed wide from a late corner, but Martin was unhappy with the workrate of some of his players.

He said: “‘Dicko’ had a couple of free kicks that weren’t good enough, he should be testing the keeper, and I think we’ve had one shot on target from a floated free-kick comfortably caught.

“I’m just annoyed, because they’ve not looked better than us. Last week, 4-1 was a bit flattering for them, but we gave five players a chance last week who haven’t played regularly and it was a different storyline because I could always claw the three points back.

“The priority was 100 per cent today and we probably gave 80 per cent. If the boys are in the changing room sweating after the game and disappointed I’d be over the moon and say unlucky, but there players that walked off the pitch without breaking sweat and that’s what disappoints me the most.”

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