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Cook looks ahead to the New Year

31 December 2019

Andy Cook and the rest of his Nottingham Forest side get the second half of their season underway on Sunday afternoon and the head coach reflects back on his first few months in charge.

“Undefeated in the last three months is great,” Cook said. “We’ve got a really good group here and something we keep saying is just focus on this week and this training session. 

“Make sure we do everything in the training sessions, and then in the games make sure we do our jobs. 

“We’ve managed to build a good run and we want to make sure it continues. Confidence is contagious and everyone at Nottingham Forest feels it.”

The Reds head into the New Year in terrific form and have picked up eight wins out of their last eight fixtures but Cook states that the best is yet to come from his side.

He said: “I think the game away to Loughborough Foxes over the full 93 minutes was the closest to our best complete performance.

“Other than that we’ve had good halves or spells in games, but that’s the only match where we were close to our full potential. 

“We need to make sure we are doing our jobs for 90 minutes every game and hit our full potential”

As well as picking up 11 wins out of their last 12 outings, the side also head into 2020 aiming to continue their three cup runs as they still remain in all competitions.

“Confidence is contagious,” he explained. “So, we’ve got to keep that momentum going. 

“We have a huge fixture against a very well organised Burnley in the FA Cup first up so we need to be right on it from the off in 2020 and keep going. 

“We just need to turn up, do our jobs and if we do that we will be okay.”

After five months at the helm Cook also shares what has been his personal highlight whilst being in charge of the team.

“Pre-season I’ve got to say was my highlight. I had taken a full season out of senior football and to get on the pitch work with the players and get to know them and see where we needed to go was my highlight but that’s with my coaching head on. 

“So far I’ve got to say the game at pride park was brilliant for so many reasons. 

“Then also the match against Loughborough was good. 

“To be honest the players will tell you we’ve had a lot of good times so far. So more of the same in 2020 would be great.”

With aims of progressing further in cup competitions and fighting for the top spot in the league The Reds have an influx of fixtures coming their way and Cook shares if he aims to bring in any fresh faces to boost his squad.

“We’ve made a few moves and got some things in play at the moment so we’re looking to get stronger. 

“We don’t rest on what we have. Like anything you cannot rest and stand still. 

“You’ve always got to work to get better and were doing that, hopefully we can add the right people and right quality into the squad.”

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