Martin disappointed with Romford display in defeat to Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 December 2018
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Boro were beaten 4-1 by Blues on Wednesday
Paul Martin believes his Romford team failed to deliver a level of performance they are capable of in a 4-1 defeat at home to Brentwood Town in the Bostik North.
Boro trailed 2-0 at the break against the Blues, with both Charlee Hughes and Tony Stokes on target for the visitors.
The Rookery Hill club then had Dan Cossington dismissed for a second bookable offence early in the second half, before Nick Reynolds pulled one back for the hosts.
However, Hughes was able to complete his hat-trick to seal the win for Brentwood, who also had former Romford man Ryan Mallett dismissed midway through the half.
And Boro boss Martin admits he was disappointed with what he saw from his players against Town.
“I couldn’t have got the players more motivated for a derby, but Brentwood started quickly,” he said.
“As a manager, there’s only so much you can do, but you take the praise when things are going well and take the flak when they’re not.
“It’s not easy when you’re players are making errors and it’s not clicking, so we’ll just have to keep looking at things to find a win.
“We’re looking deadbeat on the pitch, but we’re still doing well in training and morale among the squad is good.”
The defeat to Brentwood followed another 4-1 loss for Romford on Saturday, this time at Maldon & Tiptree.
George Forrest’s goal proved scant consolation for as Boro as an Eddie-Louis Dsane hat-trick and a Matthew Briggs effort saw the Jammers triumph.
But Martin admits his team were simply outclassed by the better team at the weekend.
“Maldon are one of the best teams I’ve seen in eight years in this division, and if they played like that every week on different types of pitches, they’d walk the league this year,” he added.
“They have so many players in their squad with experience at a much higher level than this league, like Briggs who was one of the youngest players to play in the Premier League.
“If I’m being honest, Maldon could have won 8-0 as they hit the woodwork several times.
“I’d said before that we hadn’t been outplayed this season, so I must have cursed us as that was the first time we had been outplayed this season.”