Romford boss pleased with work rate in Hertford defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 February 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin was pleased with the work rate despite falling short to a 93rd minute goal from Phillip Lowen against Hertford Town.

Boro fell to their seventh consecutive defeat with a 1-0 loss to the Blues at Hertingfordbury Park last night.

“I think both teams had to work hard because the pitch felt like a classic 80’s pitch, it was a mud bath out there, no one could stay on their feet and it was a pretty even game in all fairness,” he said.

“We would’ve taken any points at the minute and I think we deserved to keep a clean sheet.

“Although we defended that well for 90 minutes and then that lack of concentration, one bad ball and ten seconds later it’s in the back of our net.”

Martin believes his men defended well but they need to start keeping clean sheets and also start finding the back of the net.

“Their keeper pulled out a couple of a good saves in the first-half, and as I say it was a very even game, I think if we had both walked off at 0-0 we would have accepted that due to the pitch and the pattern of play.

“It was hard to get the ball out of your feet but again we’re just lacking that fire power in front of goal to win us games and you can tell with the goal difference at the moment.

“We can’t keep clean sheets and that’s why we’re not nicking any points at the minute, I mean there was your clean sheet with a minute to go in injury, and we’ve gone and messed it up.

“I’m lost for words a little bit really.”

Bro brought in Onoakwi Chiduben, Oka Powell and Nathan Okoye for the match, while handing starts to recent recruits Mario Gjini and Rob Budd.

“Big Chid come in and held the ball up well, but it was a very game to come into and I don’t know what their match fitness is like because I know they have been playing here, there and everywhere.

“There was a lot of change of personnel and there was only four players playing who started the season with me.

“One of them was a centre-half and we pushed him up into centre midfield as he is comfortable on the ball.

“They might click sooner or later, I don’t think we disgraced ourselves out there, but it was a disgraceful result.

“Score lines are getting a little bit better 2-0 and 1-0 but I think we’ve only scored one goal in the last seven games and if you don’t score goals then you don’t win games and you’re going to get relegated.”

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