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Romford boss Martin wants team to start making points to hit his Christmas target

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 December 2017

Romford boss Paul Martin looks on as Kiernan Hughes-Mason attacks for Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Romford boss Paul Martin looks on as Kiernan Hughes-Mason attacks for Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Romford boss Paul Martin wants his side to get on a run in the build-up to Christmas, to reach the targets he has set out.

Boro host mid-table Waltham Abbey at Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm) as they bid to end a 15-match winless run in the Bostik North.

Martin’s men currently prop up the table on nine points, three behind Norwich United with a game in hand, following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at in-form Barking and the manager admits they must start picking up points.

“Norwich got two very good draws away from home in their last two games, which we did against Haringey and Dereham, so they’ve pulled that back on us,” he said.

“The way I look at it we’re only 10 points away from moving up four or five places, that’s only three wins and a draw.

“It’s going to come sooner or later, I’m hoping sooner rather than later, but my target every year doesn’t matter where we are in the league, it is to have 20 points before Christmas.

“There’s still plenty more games to come and that’s still my target, even though we’re not even halfway yet.”

The long-serving manager praised Abbey as one of his toughest opponents down the years and expects another challenge, adding: “Over all the years I’ve been at this club and played Waltham Abbey, it’s never been an easy ride against them, they’re a very organised team.

“They move the ball around very quick, some of their results lately have been strong, 4-1 away to Bury, 2-0 up against Tilbury the other night, so we know they’ve got goals in their locker, something we haven’t got at the minute.

“If we want any chance we’ve got to make sure every single player is strong, every single player doesn’t make an individual mistake, and that way we’ll have a chance of taking some points.”

Martin also revealed he may have to make a few changes to his line-up for the clash due injuries and that he will keep making tweaks to his squad until he gets it right.

“We’ve got to make a few decisions,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of injuries, which I’ve got to address and see what happens with them and whether they pull through fitness tests.

“I’ll keep tinkering with that team and keep bringing players in, until I find the right formula to get us out of rot we’re in.”

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