Romford boss wants a good draw
PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 September 2014
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Martin seeking boost for FA Cup replay
Romford manager Paul Martin is hoping for a good draw in the FA Cup third qualifying round, to give his players extra motivation for their replay at Kingstonian tonight.
Boro held the Ryman Premier Division K’s to a goalless draw at Ship Lane on Saturday and travel to Kingsmeadow looking to record a second upset in this year’s competition, having knocked Bury Town out in the previous round.
And Martin was in good spirits ahead of that challenge, saying: “If we get a positive draw in the next round, it gives us a bit more momentum to go ‘right, if we beat these, we’re playing someone bigger’. Lets go and upset them, we could be giantkillers this year. Lets see how it pans out.
“They’ve got the home advantage. They’re a better side than us, probably 40 places above us or something like that!
“Anything can happen in the FA Cup, whether we go with a game-plan to win the game straight off or take them to extra time and penalties is a different matter.
I’ve got three ways to look at it.”
Kingstonian hit the woodwork three times at the weekend, with Andre McCollin twice denied by the crossbar and Ellis Hammond the post.
But Romford had chances of their own, with Abs Seymour seeing a shot cleared off the line and Jamie Dicks and Jack Barry narrowly off target either side of the interval.
Martin added; “We were a bit blind on Saturday. We had a little bit of feedback about them, but now we know how they play it gives us a bit of an advantage.
“They’ve had us watched as well. We’ve had a bit of respect from them and I appreciate that, for a small club to get that respect, where bigger clubs don’t normally come and watch the lower-league teams because they think it should be an easy, comfortable game.
“We held our own, exactly like we did against Bury Town when we nicked it 1-0, so anything is possible.
“Everyone did their job. Everyone was disciplined in the right manner.”
Martin knows his players will have to be just as disciplined in tonight’s replay, as they go in search of £4,500 prize money as well as a place in the next round.
And he is hoping to get the rub of the green when it comes to decisions too.
Dicks and Seymour were booked in Saturday’s meeting, while K’s picked up three yellow cards from referee David Spain.
Martin added: “I thougt the ref gave them a little too much respect as the bigger club. They were in his earhole all the time. I try and tell our players to do that, but if we do we end up getting booked for some reason!
“There were a couple of bad decisions here and there, I thought he had a poor game, but it’s done.
“Tom Richardson will be back now, Nick Reynolds will be back, so that’s two extra bodies back in my squad so I’ve got to take a lot of positives. I’m happy.”