Martin: Can’t fault Romford effort

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 March 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss pleased with performance despite loss

Romford manager Paul Martin says he can’t fault his side’s effort despite seeing Boro slip to a sixth defeat in their last seven games.

The Ship Lane side took the lead against Redbridge at the Oakside Stadium, but the hosts hit back in the second half to win 2-1.

Romford have not won since January 6 but Martin insists his players have been giving it their all.

“It’s always tough (to lose). Our preparation was was great but some players had work commitments that left us light (against Redbridge)”, said Martin.

“We deserved to take the lead into half-time but we knew Redbridge would come out (fighting). In the end, I think our boys’ effort and workrate was tremendous. You can’t knock them for that.

“But individual mistakes...they’ve cost us this season and that’s why we’re down there at the bottom. We’re playing well enough to win games but we’re lacking concentration.

“We gave away a cheap free-kick that lead to their first goal, which was a free header. That’s happened a few times this year. They gave 100% but it just wasn’t good enough.”

Romford’s hopes of victory suffered a blow late in the first-half when left-back Chris Barry left the field injured.

Martin, however, believes this cannot be used as a reason for Boro’s defeat.

“Losing Chris late in the first-half left us a little isolated. We had to shuffle things around, including playing a winger in central midfield,” he added.

“There’s no excuses, though. It was a wide-open game. It was end-to-end action and someone had to win. Unfortunately, that wasn’t us.”

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