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Romford boss Martin praises determination in Barking victory

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 February 2018

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Romford manager Paul Martin praised new formation and how determined his squad were in their 2-1 victory against local rivals Barking.

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Relegation-threatened Boro ended a nine-game losing streak with a morale-boosting win at Ship Lane thanks to goals from Craig Jeakins and Greg Akpele.

Boro went into the match of a humbling 9-1 midweek loss at Heybridge Swifts and following news released late in the week that Thurrock’s ground was to be sold and they would again need to find somewhere to play their home fixtures next season.

But Paul Martin’s men dug deep to claim three vital points in their battle against the drop, to close to within two points of fellow strugglers Cheshunt, who lost 4-1 at Aveley.

Martin did praise assistant manager Mark Lord’s input to go with a new formation.

“That’s three points, I’ll say it now we went for a formation Lordy has been banging on about with three at the back, and it’s paid off for us,” he said.

“I’m still going to stick with it being the determination that got us the points.”

He did admit it was disappointing to conceded late on as Izzy Bademosi netted in the 95th minute for Barking.

“It was disappointing that we were 2-0 up and quite comfortable, it could have been three, four or five even and then we’ve ended up coming off 2-1 and it looks like we’ve had to scrap through the last couple of minutes.

“We looked really organised and comfortable but we just switched off and they got that goal with literally the last kick of the game.”

The boss believes they must carry that performance over to Wednesday evening when they host relegation rivals Norwich United at Ship Lane.

“It was a bonus the points against Barking, Wednesday is the massive one, where whoever loses is in more trouble than the other so we need to make sure we keep on our toes.

“There is no point putting in a performance like that in against Barking and not putting in a performance on Wednesday.”

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