Romford’s new faces means a fresh start for boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 February 2018

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

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

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Romford manager Paul Martin believes new faces means a bit of a fresh start for him as his side look to dig themselves out a rut.

Boro will make the trip to Waltham Abbey on Saturday (3pm) as they look to end a seven-game losing streak in all competitions by causing an upset against the mid-table club.

Martin’s currently sit second from bottom in the Bostik North, one point ahead of basement club Cheshunt, and the manager is hoping his eight new recruits this week will help give them something new.

“It’s nice as when you bring new players in as it’s a fresh start, they come in and want to listen to you a little more than your old school boys, who have been with me a long time.

“We had to do something and it’s still not perfect yet.”

The long-serving boss is under no illusions of the task they face against 16th-place Abbey and praised the depth they have in their squad.

“I can roll it off my tongue how many good players they’ve got but I’ve been in this league long enough to know all their players.

“They’ve got a very good way of playing and they do play some very good football, but we don’t know what’s going to happen as we don’t know what team I’m going to have as we’re a bit Jekyll and Hyde at the minute.”

Martin admits they are deservedly in a relegation fight and they must start all chipping in to get results.

“We are where we are because of the results and we just not scoring goals, you can’t keep relying on forwards to score goals, you need your left-back, right-back, centre halves to nick a goal from a corner, your wingers and midfielders, but no one seems to be finding the net.

“It just goes to show our top goal scorer (Jonathan Nzengo) is on eight goals and he’s a right winger.

“We know it’s not good enough, my hands are tied a little bit on that side of things, but at the end of the day we’ve just got to keep plugging away and hopefully keep matching other team’s around us.

“It all depends who has the harder fixtures and who has the more grit and determination not to go down.”

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