League form priority for Romford boss
PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 November 2013
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Following on from another impressive cup performance, Romford manager Paul Martin hopes his side takes their cup displays into the league as he looks to pick up some crucial points before Christmas, starting tomorrow against Redbridge at Oakside.
In most cup matches this season Boro have given a good account of themselves but those type of displays now need to carry over into their Ryman One North form.
“We played Dagenham & Redbridge in the Essex Senior Cup and we got so much respect from them,” said the Romford manager.
“We lost 3-0, they played four or five of their first team boys and they walked off and went ‘wow, you are a good side’.
“We have done the same against Grays, but we have to take them performances, against the bigger teams, into the teams in our league. If we perform like that, I know we didn’t play great football but we worked hard, we will get results.”
Tomorrow’s opponents Redbridge have a new regime in charge and results are starting to come as they find themselves 10th in the Ryman One North with 26 points, the same total they managed last season in 42 games.
The Romford boss is anticipating a poor pitch and suggested he may look to change his game plan in accordance to the surface.
Martin added: “They are going to be strong, they obviously have got a nice budget over there now.
“Last year they didn’t have much money, but the year before that they did.
“Oakside isn’t the greatest of pitches and we have to go there twice this year.
“If you have got to play long ball, you have got to play long ball to win a game.
“You are not going to be able to play five, 10 yard passes over Redbridge. We have to go with a game plan and if it works, it works.”
The players involved on Wednesday night against Grays worked extremely hard and Martin will bare that in mind ahead of the weekend fixture.
He said: “If we turn up, we expect to get something, if we don’t turn up we don’t expect to get something. We have just got to be positive.
“The boys are knackered and I have had to leave six out of the squad on Wednesday so if I have got to bring fresh legs in for that game I can do it.”