Romford boss Martin admits strong start meant nothing in Tilbury defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 December 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin believed a strong start counted for nothing as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Tilbury on Saturday.

Chadfields has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for manager Martin over the years and so it was once more as Dockers claimed the points with three unanswered goals.

Boro made the short trip on a rare high, following their 4-2 win at fellow strugglers Cheshunt in midweek, which ended a long 17-game wait for league success.

Martin said: “Performance wise, first half I thought we dominated and probably had at least 85 per cent of the possession but went in 1-0 down.

“Second half we just didn’t turn up, they dominated and deserved their result in the end.”

The Boro boss insisted the Cheshunt result doesn’t look too impressive after they fell to their fifth straight defeat on Boxing Day, losing 7-1 at Canvey.

The Ambers now sit just three points above Boro, who have two games in hand on their fellow strugglers.

“We thought our result against Cheshunt was a good result but realistically you look at the goals Cheshunt have leaked recently and at their last couple of results and it don’t make our result look that great,” he added.

“They’ll probably be more concerned than I am with the budget they’ve got compared to what I’ve got.”

Martin believes his men have been playing well in recent weeks but admits unless they start picking up more points it means nothing.

“I think we’ve been playing really well, but it doesn’t count for nothing, you need results and we’re not doing it at the minute,” he said.

“It’s not good enough in my terms and players’ terms.”

Romford were set to host local rivals and league leaders Hornchurch on Wednesday at Ship Lane, but the match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and Martin admitted it was frustrating to see another match cancelled.

“It’s always frustrating as in all fairness you want your next game to come round as quick as it can to try and change the results around,” he said.

“You can only better your last result by playing as quick as you can.”

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