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Cook hopes to impress home crowd

31 August 2019

Nottingham Forest Women's head coach Andy Cook has spoken ahead of his side's first home game of the season against Stoke City.

Forest's attendances rocketed last season and the side are hoping to be backed by another impressive crowd come 2pm on Sunday afternoon and Cook explained his excitement for his first league game in charge in front of The Reds' faithful.

He said: “The game will hopefully bring in a good crowd, so we’re hoping we can put on a good performance and make sure we show the people of Nottingham how good the team is.

“It’ll be really exciting if we can get a good crowd down here to make it even better as it adds to the atmosphere and gives the players that extra edge."

Forest were beaten in their season opener at Middlesbrough and Cook explained how he hopes this Sunday’s game everything will fall into place for his side. 

He said: “It’s very important to pick up our first three points on Sunday but if we don’t it’s one of those things but we’re obviously going out with all intentions of winning the game, like we do every week.

“We’ve been working on certain elements this week and we’re hoping that all the stuff we’ve gone through during the first three weeks of the season and all of pre-season will really count now.”

“You never know how games are going to go. On paper you can talk about how we’ve got this player and they’ve got that player but games are never won on paper, they’re won on the pitch.  It’s all about how much each player is willing to battle.”

The Reds have taken to the field twice this season in a league and a cup outing. Both results didn’t fortune the side but Cook can find positives in the team scoring five goals across both games. 

“That has been the biggest positive of the first two games that we’ve actually managed to score goals. To score three away from home is great but we’ve got to better defensively.

“If you can score two away from home then three away from home it’s always a good thing but we’ve simply just got to be tighter at the back. We’re moving on to Stoke now, what’s gone is gone. If we can get two or three goals we would like to think we’ve tightened up at the other end.”

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