Luke Garrard: Boreham Wood boss questions players' desire

Luke Garrard
Luke Garrard's Boreham Wood currently lie 20th in the National League

Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard has questioned his team's commitment after Monday's FA Cup first-round replay loss to eighth-tier Northwich Victoria.

The 30-year-old, who is the youngest manager in England's top five divisions, saw his side knocked out by the lowest-ranked team left in the cup.

"I have to question the hunger to want to win a tackle and a header," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"That's the first time I have done that."

Garrard, who has led the National League side since 14 October, added: "I have always said previously that the boys' commitment, desire and hunger was never in question.

"Maybe (there has been) a lack of quality at times - but today I question both.

"You can't install desire and hunger into a player - Northwich Victoria have got it in abundance."

After their surprise victory, Northwich - whose boss Jim Gannon believes they can play at a higher level - will now travel to League Two side Northampton on 5 December in round two.

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