Positives for Romford boss Martin despite Grays defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 November 2013

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford were knocked out of the League Cup by local rivals and Ryman Premier side Grays Athletic yesterday but manager Paul Martin was able to take several positives from the game.

A goal in each half ensured the Blues progressed at the expensive of Boro but the performance of his young, inexperienced side pleased the Romford boss.

“It is a deflection for the first goal and then they score when we have 10 men,” said Martin.

“We have got to take a lot of positives out of that. I know their keeper didn’t get tested too much, and that’s been the downfall for us this year, but Grays know they have been in a game.

Paul Clayton was excellent, despite being sent off late on, and the Romford manager will look to keep him and captain Jack Barry as his centre back partnership now.

Martin said: “When you think about it, last year they were my centre halves but now they both want to play centre midfielders, they think they can do a job there.

“But at the end of the day it just goes to show sometimes your natural positions are centre halves.

“Jack has had a really good game with Paul. The whole back line was superb in fact.”

Young forwards Dan Jones and Reece Tranter were given opportunities but Martin conceded it was always going to be hard for them up against Ryman Premier defenders.

However, he praised Jones’ work rate and gave an insight into Tranter’s talent, which we saw glimpses of on Wednesday.

“If you don’t give the youngsters a chance you are never going to know,” added Martin. “Unfortunately I keep sticking them up against the bigger teams.

“It is a bit harder for them but every time young Dan got beefed off the ball, he got back up and worked hard to get back. He has got quality about him.

“Reece we gave a free license because in training he hits worldies all the time into the back of the net.

“Sometimes you don’t get the rub of the green and at the moment we are winning tackles and it is rolling straight to their player. It was just one of those games but I am happy.”

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