Ian Allinson believes his Boreham Wood side have 'nothing to lose' when they take on Brentford in the FA Cup

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Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson believes his side have “nothing to lose” when they take on League One side Brentford in the FA Cup this weekend. 

Wood welcome the Bees to Meadow Park tomorrow (Saturday) looking to extend a run of seven games without defeat in all competitions.

Allinson is confident his team will raise their performance for the clash and hopes Brentford have an off day.

He said: “It is a game where we have nothing to lose. The pressure will be on them to come and win the game like it was on us when we played Northwood in the third qualifying round.

“They are a good side and they are not 11th in League One for no reason. They are a club that have been in and around the play-offs in past seasons so it will be tough.

“I am sure we will raise our performance for the match and we will also need them to be off their game a little.”

Home advantage could prove crucial for Wood and Allinson believes hosting the match gives the club a chance to show how they have developed in the past few years.

He explained: “With the match being at Meadow Park, it gives us the opportunity to show how far we have come on and also off the pitch.

“The chairman has improved the facilities and the club has come a long way. We will get a big crowd in and hopefully they will come back for the league games because that is very important.”

Allinson insisted his side have done nothing different in preparation for the contest and he believes it will be one of the biggest games of his 20-year non-league career.

Last time out Wood fought back from two goals behind to secure a 4-2 victory away at Weston-super-Mare.

A fine goal from Chas Hemmings had put the hosts ahead and they soon doubled their advantage when Ross Stearn picked himself up after a foul in the box to fire a penalty past visiting keeper James Russell.

Wood pulled a goal back before the break as Ben Kirk headed into his own net but in the second period the visitors were ruthless in attack.

Callum Reynolds headed home to level the contest and minutes later Wood went ahead thanks to a fine individual strike from substitute Greg Morgan.

In the final minute, Allinson’s side sealed victory.

Inih Effiong’s first-time shot cannoned off the crossbar and fell to Cliff Akurang who had the simple task of tapping home to round off what was eventually a resounding win which keeps Wood in third place in the Conference South.

Allinson was pleased with his side’s battling qualities but stated they can’t continue to give opposition teams a one or two-goal advantage.

He said: “It is something I spoke to the team about after the game at the weekend. Obviously we can’t keep giving our opponents a head start in the game – whether that is one or two goals.

“While we played very well in the second half to get level and then go on to win the match you can’t ensure you will do that every game.”

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