Andy Cook is ready to return to league action on Sunday afternoon as his side travel to face Fylde.
Speaking before the game Cook says: “We can’t wait to get into action in the league.
“We’ve had a good run recently in the cup but league is the priority and we want to end the year in the right way on Sunday.”
Forest head into the game having not played a league game in five weeks after their attention was on recent cup competitions. Cook explains that weeks away from the league can be ‘disruptive’ but his side are capable of managing both cup and league.
“It can be considered disruptive but you’ve got to manage it,” he said.
“One thing we always say is don’t bring problems find solutions. So, we don’t look at it as been a distraction or disruption it’s another competition and a chance to win a trophy which is why you play any sport to eventually win.
“But we pleased to be back against league opposition this weekend.”
Cook also gives an insight on how his squad are looking ahead of the game as each player is ‘pushing each other’ for a starting 11 spot.
He said: “We’re right where we need to be I think.
“All the players are pushing each other on every session and making my life hard to pick just 16 of them to be in the match day squads.
“A few miss out again this weekend and its the worst and toughest part of the job leaving people out. But I’ve been fortunate I’ve not had to do it because they aren’t good enough it’s because the form of everyone is so good/high at the moment it just really tough to get in.
“Chances need to be taken in games and training and then everyone needs to be ready when the opportunity comes not just waiting for it.”
Due to three cup games in a row in three different competitions Cook has rotated his side to bring different players into the fold and he explains if he’s looking to do the same again on Sunday.
Cook says: “I always think we’re at full strength.
“Players bring certain physical or technical qualities to a team and the side has to adapt to that.
“So against Leeds we rotated a few things round but the side was still very strong equally against Notts County in the county cup we changed players and roles but the side was very strong.
”So this will be no different against Fylde. We look at our team. Then assess the opposition.
“Check the team with the medical staff and then myself and my coaching staff can make the choices we need for the game.”
A win on Sunday would see the side head into the new year nine games unbeaten and Cook light-heartedly says three points would be a great gift from Santa but his side need to be switched on to do their jobs’
Cook says: “ I wouldn’t mind three points as a gift from Santa. It’s always important.
“Certain milestones add more meaning but were in a good place as a team and we’re happy.
“So Sunday we’re ready and prepared to play against Fylde and do our bit to battle and fight and make sure we earn it on the pitch.
“Simply, we need to do our jobs. Make sure we push each other and help each other to do those jobs as well as we know we can”.