Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard highlights all of his players must be on top of their game when they travel to Leyton Orient tomorrow. Garrard’s side have taken five points from their first four games and the 32 year old wants to add to that tally on Saturday. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we know it’s going to be tough, we’ve got to be at our best to get anything from the game of football. We go fully focused, organised and hopeful of taking maximum points”.
The Wood travel to the capital after dropping two points at home to Gateshead on Tuesday night. David Stephens headed them ahead on the stroke of half time but Garrard’s side couldn’t hang on for three points as Steven Rigg equalised two minutes from time.
- Failed to score away this season
- Scored in five of their last seven away from home (playoffs included)
- Scored in eight of their last 10 competitive away matches
Garrard was left frustrated with his sides inability to see the game out stating to bwfctv.co.uk “it’s definitely two points dropped, the manner of conceding the goal is my frustration. Look at the back three, they have probably played 900 games between them, but not being organised from a restart is my biggest frustration”.
After being beaten in the play off final in May, Garrard has seen an overhaul on his playing squad with players make the jump into the Football League. He has called for his players to take ownership of their roles speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “they need to take responsibility as an individual, you are assigned a job so when you are given it do it. We need to be better and we have to start organising and demanding better but lessons have been learnt”.
With Saturday’s trip to Orient being Wood’s fifth game in 14 days, defender David Stephens is aware that his side are still getting to know each other but need some work on the training pitch. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we’re gelling, we haven’t got that much time though, we need to get it right as soon as possible, the only way to do that is on the training pitch. It is coming but it needs to be drummed in more”.
Wood took four points against Orient last season and Garrard is relishing the trip to Brisbane Road. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “We played very well on both occasions. I felt that especially down at their place, we should have won the game”. He added “they have great strength in forward areas and great experience throughout midfield and organised at the back. It is going to be a tough fixture but a thoroughly enjoyable one. I am looking forward to going down there”.
Following their exploits last season, Garrard feel his side are not under the radar any more and is making sure all of his players know what he expects ahead of Orient. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we don’t fear anyone, that’s my mindset of being organised, well drilled and working tirelessly on what the opposition has to offer” He added “I set up the boys to have no surprises, make sure no stone is unturned. They know exactly how we want to set up, how they play and how we will counter attack the way they play to try and isolate and implement my game plan”.
Defenders Manny Panny and Femi Ilesanmi will hoping for a recall to the starting 11 after dropping to the bench on Tuesday night. Bradley Ash and Connor Smith should feature in E10.
Last Time Out vs Gateshead