Nottingham Forest Women Head Coach, Andy Cook, praised his side’s performance on Sunday afternoon as they cruised to their first pre-season victory with a 6-0 win over Lincoln City.
Speaking after the game Cook explained how the weeks’ worth of training had led up to the win.
“The game itself played out how we planned for it in the week.” Cook said.
“In the week, we worked on pressing and defending from the front and really try and go at Lincoln after the Ipswich game.
“We changed the back four with 15 minutes to go, we’ve had different players in different positions, centre midfields at centre back, left back at centre back, everyone played all sorts of different roles today and we still managed to put that performance in.”
After falling to a 3-1 loss last week at the hands of Ipswich Town, Cook also expressed that yesterday’s victory was key for his side’s morale. “In terms of bouncing back, absolutely it’s great,” he added: “Because if that happens in the league this is exactly the type of performance we’d be after.”
Cook also light-heartedly explained how the standards have been set for the Reds now, he said: “The all-round the performance was great but like I said to the girls in the huddle at the end the problem they’ve got now is that this is the level of performance I every week.”
Five different Forest players etched their name on the scoresheet in spectacular fashion yesterday afternoon and Cook was left impressed by the brilliant strikes.
“Some of the goals were absolute bullets, were all edge of the box and in or around,” he gleamed.
“Katie Middleton’s where she’s cut inside from the right and hit it with her left foot set the tone and after that it was like everyone wanted to challenge her to see who could get the best goal of the game.
“The most important thing for me as I said to the assistant coach is the fact we were getting four or five players in the box,” he added.
“Against Ipswich it was only two or three but this week we were getting more players forward. We were doing all the basics right which is probably why we got the goals we have.”
As well as earning a well-deserved victory the Reds also kept a clean sheet against the Imps who have netted 16 goals so far in their pre-season campaign and Cook was extremely pleased with his side’s shut out.
He explained: “The first we said at half time was yes, we’ve had a good 45 (minutes) but we need another good 45 (minutes) in possession but clean sheets are the most important thing.
“If we can keep clean sheets that’s where we’ll fly up the table. Goals will win you matches but clean sheets mean you won’t lose them.
“That fact for me was absolutely brilliant and the fact that we actually got Pip (Philippa Davies) in as well for the last 15 minutes was great as well.”