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Cook holds the key

7 December 2019

Liv Cook has become a key Red for Nottingham Forest this season as she has enjoyed an impressive first season Trentside.

The defender is the only player to have took to the field in every Forest game this season after she has amassed over 1,110 playing minutes in the Garibaldi and she furthered her great start to the campaign with her first goal last Sunday.

Cook netted on the sixth minute to put the side 1-0 ahead against Derby County in the second round of the FA Cup which eventually helped The Reds to a 3-2 win and the youngster was delighted to find the back of the net. 

“It’s such a buzz to finally get my name on the scoresheet, and help the team in a different way,” she explained. 

“I've come close a few times but haven’t quite been able to break out the goal gif on twitter yet.”

The Reds’ win against The Rams on Sunday saw the side make it back-to-back derby day wins over their East Midlands rivals and Cook shares the feeling around the side maintaining the bragging rights.

She said: “You should feel the buzz around the team right now, there’s such a strong sense of pride for football in this area and for all of us, even us lot that aren’t from here, it's a huge boost to get the derby day wins.

“The win means that bit more than any other.” 

Cook has formed a strong centre-half partnership with the captain, Lyndsey Harkin, this season and she explains how it is to play and learn from the experienced skipper.

“It's incredible playing alongside such a quality player with so much experience and talent, it’s given me the opportunity to learn from the way she plays,” she said. 

“We've really clicked this season and we play so naturally and confidently together so it's nice to play so instinctively.”

‪Forest haven’t lost a game since September as they have picked up seven consecutive victories and Cook states that this feat is ‘key’ for the side moving forward. 

She said: “Momentum is key for us to keep developing as a team so to have the wins behind us is really helping us grow in confidence. 

“The atmosphere around the team is constantly positive and the mentality to keep bettering ourselves is getting stronger with every win. 

“We're progressing in the cups and, essentially, in the league and we just want to keep kicking on now.”

With the side embarking on this strong run of results heading into the new year, Cook shares where she can see the side progressing to. 

“The ambition at the club has always been to push for promotion and that's what we set our eyes on with every league game that passes,” she explained. 

“With the cups, anything can happen, with the performances we're putting in there’s no reason to say we couldn't have a strong run in the FA Cup, the bigger the team the more exciting the game.”

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