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Romford 'must respect Redbridge'

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 September 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Martin will not underestimate Motormen

Romford boss Paul Martin will not underestimate Redbridge tonight, despite the Motormen sitting second bottom of the Ryman One North with only one win from seven games this season.

Martin believes Redbridge’s tight FA Cup encounters with Sudbury recently demonstrates how good they can be on their day.

He also discussed how hard it can be for a team when they are forced to work under stricter finances, as Redbridge have had to this year, and how he has struggled himself with no budget at Romford.

Martin said: “Redbridge took Sudbury to a replay in the FA Cup, they held them twice (in 90 minutes) and Sudbury are a decent side this year.

“On Saturday they only just lost to Chatham (2-1), so it is not going to be an easy game for us.

“They are second bottom, but if they beat us then we’ll drop right down there, so that is what I’ll be drumming into the players.

“Redbridge have lost a lump of their budget this season and it goes to show how hard it is to get players when you haven’t got a budget, which is what we have to face.

“I must have tried to sign about 77 players since I have been here and I have only got one because I haven’t got the right to go out and sign any player I want because I don’t have a budget.”

Martin is hoping home advantage can be decisive for his team at Ship Lane and has challenged them to get back to normality after failing to win their last two home fixtures

Romford were held on Saturday by Tilbury, throwing away a two-goal lead, having lost 3-0 to Great Wakering Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday.

However, Martin is targeting victory tonight to give the club a boost ahead of their massive FA Cup first qualifying round tie against Ryman Premier Division side Bury Town on Sunday (1pm).

“Our home games are our advantage,” added Martin. “I was saying the other week how 10 or 11 teams are still yet to win away from home so you need to win your home games.

“What we need to do is to just make sure we win our home games and we need to go get something from our game against Redbridge and then take that into the FA Cup on Sunday.”

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