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Romford boss ready for Regent test

PUBLISHED: 14:30 02 September 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin is seeking FA Cup victory (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin is seeking FA Cup victory (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin: Maybe a point away is good

Romford make the long trip to Brightlingsea Regent in Ryman One North tonight (Tuesday) and manager Paul Martin admits he maybe needs to accept a point away from home is a good result in this division.

Boro are yet to pick up a win on their league travels this season, but are not alone as half of the teams in the division are yet to register an away victory.

Martin believes the statistics shows how hard it is to earn wins on the road in this league and has acknowledged that maybe he could learn from a less gung-ho approach away from home.

After away defeats at Harlow Town, Waltham Abbey and Maldon & Tiptree, the Romford manager is hoping for a positive result this evening.

He said: “We don’t normally play that well when we travel. We have struggled at the Wroxhams and the Derehams before.

“These clubs are good at playing at home, but like us they also struggle on the road. I looked at the table the other day and 12 teams in our league are yet to win away from home. It shows how hard it is to win away.

“Hopefully we can get a win tonight, but Brightlingsea got a good result at the weekend in the FA Cup so it is about whoever turns up on the day. I know there is never going to be an easy game in this league.”

Romford’s losses at Waltham Abbey and Maldon came despite Boro entering the final 10 minutes leading both games.

Martin now believes he maybe has to change his approach when going away from Ship Lane.

“I think that the frustrating thing for me is that I always go out to win, I never go into a game looking to just take a point,” he added.

“But if we look back at the end of the season and we have missed out on the play-offs by two points I will be kicking myself because we have gone gung-ho to win those games and lost two in the last minute.

“I need to learn, because I am only 38, that a point isn’t bad. I need to accept sometimes that a point away from home is a good result.”

Martin should have a full squad to choose from this evening, despite the lengthy travelling, and praised the commitment of his squad.

“Touch wood everyone is there,” he said. “Some have got to get trains straight from work and some of these lads might not even get on tonight.

“It is hard but credit to the boys they do understand it is all about the squad.”

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