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Martin hails Romford after Cup exit

PUBLISHED: 13:25 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:25 30 September 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin praised his team after their cup clash with Kingstonian (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin praised his team after their cup clash with Kingstonian (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boss praises players following 5-3 defeat after extra time

Romford manager Paul Martin couldn’t praise his players enough after their outstanding effort in a replay against Ryman Premier outfit Kingstonian in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup yesterday.

Boro and the K’s played out a thriller at Kingsmeadow and although Martin’s team took the lead three times, including once in extra time, they fell to a cruel 5-3 defeat to exit the competition.

Martin was so proud of his team though, and hailed his players for giving him everything.

“I think everyone gave it there all,” said the Romford boss. “It was all passion, heart and desire ad I think we have given Kingstonian a good go and they know they have been in two good cup games.

“We were due to have a good run sometime and it is disappointing losing the money but it is like winning for me. I take my hat off to my players because I think they were fantastic.

“Yes Kingstonian probably deserved to win and they had chances but we had some good chances as well.

“And I not taking anything away from Kingstonian but they should be beating us quite comfortabaly and I personally don’t think they will get a harder game then they did from us.”

Although Martin’s team weren’t able to beat the Ryman Premier outfit, he believes Romford deserve to be labelled as giantkillers for taking the team from the division above so close.

Boro were also inches away from going through when Matt Toms smashed an incredible lobbed effort against the crossbar, deep into injury time.

Unfortunately it wasn’t too be and the Romford manager also felt Eddie Hart’s 94th goal in extra time came a little too early for his side to hold on.

Martin added: “Eddie’s goal probably came a little bit too early but then we have to look back.

“You rewind it a little bit and look at Toms effort from 40-yards that hit the crossbar with about 30 seconds to go.

“if that comes off the crossbar and hits the keeper on the head and rolls into the back of the net it is game over but unfortunately it wasn’t for us.

“But we have come here and scored three goals and I don’t think there is going to be many teams that come down here in the Ryman Premier and do that.

“You get reports about giantkillers and I think we should be spotted for this today.”

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