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Martin: We gave up in second half

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 April 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Daniel Hussey)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Daniel Hussey)

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Romford manager angry with team after defeat against Brentwood Town

Romford manager Paul Martin was left disappointed with his team’s display after half time in their 5-0 loss at home to Brentwood Town.

Boro had only trailed 1-0 after the opening 45 minutes with Tom Richardson’s 40th minute penalty againt his former club separating the sides.

But the hosts conceded four times after the break, including a Sherwin Stanley hat-trick, which left Martin infuriated.

“First half we were very disciplined and we frustrated them. We came in at 1-0 down after a very dubious penalty, which probably sums our season up,” said the Romford boss.

“Second half we looked like as soon as we conceded the second goal we threw the towel in and looked like we were already relegated.”

Stanley completed his hat-trick in just 13 minutes after the interval and Sam Bantick completed the rout in the 86th minute.

The Ship Lane club managed only one shot on target in the whole match and Martin admits his side were fortunate Brentwood’s margin of victory was not bigger.

“I would say we were lucky to keep it down to five in the end because we just gave up. Second half we played like we were already down,” said the Boro supremo.

“We could argue we’ve got a lot of knocks, suspensions and players on holiday at the wrong time. Jamie Dicks had to come in today having not played for near enough two months.

“Robbie Norris was carrying a groin injury. We knew they were’nt going to last long. Every time we looked at the squad we had today it was hard to make a change that could help us out a little bit.

“I think we just have to take the result on the chin.”

Next up for Romford is a game against landlords Thurrock tomorrow.

If results go against them Boro could end the match in the drop zone but Martin insists that does not make the match against the Fleet any more significant.

“Every game is important from when you start the season. We’re still in the dogfight but we’ve still got a chance of avoiding relegation.

“Thurrock’s not going to be an easy one. They’ll be looking for two more wins to get a play-off place.”

“We need two wins out of four games to stay up. If we don’t we’ll be down. Simple as that.”


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