Boreham Wood boss Garrard vows week-long party if they pull off FA Cup upset

Bournemouth and Scott Parker in the sights of National League manager after his side claimed AFC Wimbledon’s scalp in third round

Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard admits he’ll be partying all week if his non-Leaguers can pull off another FA Cup shock.

The National League side, who sit fifth in their table, beat League One AFC Wimbledon in the third round.

And that victory set up a clash with Championship Bournemouth, who sit 74 places above them in the English football pyramid.

Garrard said: “If we win, I probably won’t get home until Thursday … and that will probably be just to get a change of clothes to go out again.

“It’s massive, massive, and I’m not saying this is what the country wants, but we’re on the box for a reason.

Luke Garrard trusts his men to give Bournemouth a test despite there being 74 places between them


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“So let’s go and do the unthinkable, let’s go and create even more history as a group of men, as a staff, and if we do that, yes, it will be frightening.

“We watched AFC Wimbledon in depth before that game, the goal was played out in our sessions and there was a real belief to go and win a game of football.

“This one here, and I’m not being defeatist, we’re going there to cause an upset, but there’s a realism to it, we need to understand what is being said by the management team and we have to deliver on it.”

Scott Parker’s coaching methods and clothes get a big thumbs up from Garrard

Garrard has made no secret of the fact he will ask Cherries boss Scott Parker post-match if he can go down to the south-coast to observe him for a few days when this game is over.

And while he will tap into Parker’s football brain, he will also seek some sartorial tips as well.

He added: “Well, first of all I want his clobber, his clobber is a joke. Seriously, he is the best-dressed manager in all the divisions.

“But as well as that, he’s just a stand-up guy. He has gone and done the hard yards.

“I’m sounding like the experienced manager but I am in awe of him. I really, really like the way he plays, the way he sets his teams up.

Boreham Wood’s players celebrate Adrian Clifton’s goal, their second, in their FA Cup win over AFC WImbledon

“I love his aura on the side of the pitch, he has gone and done the Under-18s at Tottenham, then he got the gig at Fulham, and then he went to Bournemouth.

“They play a massive, expansive game, trust on every individual to stick to what they ask of them, and it’s just so good to watch.

“I’m not trying to butter him up but he’s really good at craft.

“And I have to say I have been so impressed with the way they set up, their discipline as a team, the way they play through the front thirds…

“They try to create overloads and it’s our task to marry up and nullify them as best we can, and if we do that we will have a massive chance.”

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