Manager Martin is backing Romford strugglers to find a way to start winning games
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 September 2017
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Romford manager Paul Martin wants his side to pick themselves up and dig deep to find a way to start winning matches.
Boro host fellow Bostik North strugglers Witham Town tomorrow (Saturday) and are hoping to turn their season around at Ship Lane.
Martin’s men went down 3-1 at home to Cheshunt on Wednesday, after a 1-0 defeat at Canvey at the weekend, and he said: “I’ve said you’ve got to pick your heads up, it’s going to come. We’re playing good enough to win games, but I’d rather us win ugly and get three points on the board.”
The Boro boss is under no illusions and expects another tough test for his struggling side as they aim to get away from the relegation zone.
Martin added: “They’re strong, quick and use the counter attack, they’ve got a big defence and they’re hard to break down. It’s going to be another tough game, but the more we keep trying to play simple football and to the strengths we’ve got in the team, then hopefully we should be able to pick up the three points.”
Martin believes it’s important to stick with a similar starting line-up and try building some chemistry amongst the squad.
“We’re trying to keep the same side as long as we can now to try and get their confidence up and get them used to playing with one and other,” he added.
“There is a lot of new faces out there still, a positive being Dan Cossington is back from injury, but we lost young Sam (Mvemba) the left-back on Saturday to injury, so we’ve had to shuffle Hugo (Atkinson) over.”
Martin also revealed he is backing his defence to come good and he is planning to stick by them, adding: “We’ve got to try and keep that back four, I know we’re not winning games, but if you keep changing it, it’s not going to win you games. We need to stick together as a unit and hope results start changing.”
Goalkeepers Michael Gooch and Stephen Reynolds have had solid starts to the season and Martin believes it’s one area he is spoilt for choice.
“I don’t think either of them can take their foot off the pedal, I don’t think Gooch was fantastic (against Cheshunt), he dealt with his crosses well, but could have done better for the first save.
“You can’t expect miracles from our keepers every week, as you’ve still got to score goals to win.”
Next fixture, Saturday: Witham (h).
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