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Cook on Leeds cup tie

7 December 2019

Andy Cook’s side welcome Leeds United to Eastwood CFC on Sunday afternoon as they look to book their place in the third round of the FA Women’s National League Plate and the gaffer is expecting a ‘tough’ game for his team.

He said: “It’s going to be a really tough game if you look at where Leeds are in their table, they’ve had a good start and scored a lot of goals.

“We also know they have some talent and one of their players we know, Kirstie Hunt, as she was a former player in our programme.

“With the form we are in chances in the first team were tough for her, she’s a great player but we let her go as she wanted regular first team football. 

“Knowing her we can guess that the whole Leeds squad is strong and it would be great to see her if she players against us on Sunday. 

“But we know ourselves first and foremost so we know what we need to do to get the result on Sunday.” 

With a strong run of fixtures leading into the festive period Cook also shares the current fitness state of his squad heading into the game. 

Cook explained: “Fitness wise the squad is where we’d expect it to be just before Christmas. 

“We’ve played a lot of games leading up to this so some players have knocks but we’re doing our best to protect them in training. 

“But come Sunday I believe everyone will be in great shape and fighting to go.” 

Similar to the side’s other cup games this season Forest are facing foreign opposition that are not in the same league as them and Cook explains how that changes his pre-match preparation. 

“Like most cup games we’ve faced so far, we can only focus on ourselves heading into it as we don’t know much on Leeds and really only know them on paper,” he said. 

“Coaching is a very small community so fortunately on that side there is always someone you know who has played the side this season that you can talk to and likewise I expect they’ve done the same as well. 

“But we just make sure we continue to meet our standards that we’ve set for ourselves and so far, it has worked out well for us.” 

A win on Sunday would see the side pick up their eighth consecutive win but Cook states that, that potential feat doesn’t play a part in the side’s preparation as they take it ‘game by game’. 

Cook said: “Within the club the run is not something we’ve really spoke about we’ve just had people telling us we’ve won six, seven on the bounce and can make it eight on Sunday. 

“But we’re just taking it game by game and making sure we’re in the right mind-set heading into it. 

“The word consistency doesn’t get used enough but if you’re consistent in what you’re doing you’re going to be successful which I think is what we have been over the past two months. 

“If we can continue this consistency I think we can be successful.” 

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