Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin not pleased with away display at Norwich United

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 February 2017

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ship Lane manager reflects on some of the points they’ve dropped this season after conceding late goals

Romford manager Paul Martin was frustrated with the display of the referee during Saturday’s 4-1 Ryman North defeat away to Norwich United, but insisted it is no excuse for his teams poor showing at Plantation Park.

Boro were two goals down at the break and conceded twice more in the second half before Ayo Olukoga pulled one back in the 79th minute.

Defender Charlie Parrish was given a red card in the closing stages of the match for a second yellow card as well to conclude a bad day at the office for the Ship Lane club.

“Every week the referee’s are different and the one we had on Saturday made some strange decisions,” said Martin. A Norwich United player kicked the ball away on one occasion and one of our lads moaned about it and got booked.

“Then another time, a Norwich United player stood in front of the ball, so we couldn’t take the free kick. Once again we moaned about it and it was our player who got the caution.

“It is just one of those things, although it is not the first time it has happened up there and it does seem their referees are different to our ones.

“But we can’t use that as an excuse because only one player was able to walk off the pitch with any credit and that isn’t good enough, so I apologised to the supporters.”

After such a disappointing showing, Martin perhaps would have preferred for Boro to have a midweek match.

Either a Tuesday or Wednesday night game would have allowed Romford to get the Norwich defeat out of their system.

But Martin made sure the players didn’t get off lightly this week despite the poor showing in Norfolk on Saturday.

He added: “I certainly made the boys work in training on Monday night. We went out at 7.30pm and didn’t get back in the changing room until around 10.

“I just want to make the youngsters better players, so I’m going through things with them, but the problem is they think know it all!”

Even despite Saturday’s defeat, Romford are still in a comfortable position in the table and 11 points clear of the bottom two.

Martin actually expressed his frustration that Boro aren’t higher up the league and closer to the play-offs in fact.

Romford are 21 points behind Cheshunt, who are currently fifth, with both clubs having played 36 times this season.

The Boro boss highlighted some dropped points this campaign, which may have seen his team closer to the play-offs.

Martin said: “Two games which really stand out for me this season are the home matches against Ware and Brentwood.

“We were two up in both and then we’ve drawn 2-2 before losing the two away games, so that’s 10 points we’ve missed out on.

“You factor in the late goal Thamesmead Town scored against us to draw 1-1 and Dereham’s 90th minute equaliser and that’s a lot of games we should have won.

“Some managers can blame injuries and others issues, but what has cost us this season is a lack of concentration and that’s why we are mid-table.”

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