Martin disappointed with Romford crowd

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 January 2016

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

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

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Boro boss talks about pressure and what the club are aiming for this season

Romford manager Paul Martin urges on his players (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford manager Paul Martin urges on his players (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin was disappointed to see such a low attendance at Ship Lane for their Ryman North clash with local rivals Barkingside.

The Boro boss couldn’t attend the game, but was pleased his side came from behind to win 2-1.

Luke With put the visitors ahead before Joe Scott equalised in the 77th minute and Chinedu McKenzie sealed victory two minutes from time.

But Martin was shocked only 44 were watching, Romford’s lowest crowd of the campaign.

“The biggest disappointment was the 44 people that watched the game, that’s just unacceptable for the club,” said Martin.

“I know results haven’t been great, but loyal supporters always come to games. Do you think Chelsea fans have not been turning up this season?

“It is hard to generate support when you are not even playing in the area and Barkingside wouldn’t have brought a lot, but the 44 would have been the ones that go home and away for us.

“We just need to try and generate as many fans as possible to keep this club going because I don’t think we made enough from the gate to pay the officials on Saturday.”

Martin went on to reveal the messages he got from some of his players after the match.

The Boro boss missed the defeat to Thurrock in late December, as well as the Barkingside clash, but is back now.

“I had ‘Chin’ text me afterwards saying ‘that goal was for you boss’,” revealed Martin.

“Ryan Boswell tweeted ‘that win was for Magic’ so the players are there for me and I really appreciate that from the boys.

“It is just going to take us some time to gel because we are a young side and we need patience.”

Romford are currently 17th in the table with 26 points from their 27 matches this season going into the second half of the campaign.

Martin discussed the pressure a manager has to deal with and how the situation of the club needs to be rememebered.

He added: “People don’t realise what you have to do as a manager, it isn’t an easy job, but you just have to get on with it.

“We need to look and aim to maybe get 15th because a little gap has developed between 15th and 14th so it will be hard to get above that.

“If you are a club in this league that has no money, most chairman and directors will be happy if you come fourth from bottom, but we will do our best.

“As a manager I put pressure on myself and sometimes it affects your health, but I thrive off being under pressure.”

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