Nottingham Forest Women Head Coach, Andy Cook, explained that his side playing their first 90 minutes of pre-season as team was more important than the end result.
His side were succumbed to a 3-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon as the Reds welcomed Ipswich Town in their first pre-season game of the season.
Speaking after the game Cook explained: “The first 90 minutes of game time was all we were thinking about.
“The result wasn’t what we wanted, you always want to get a win but playing them first 90 minutes as a squad is crucial.”
“It’s the first time we’ve all been together, myself, the staff, the new girls and we’ve still got a couple of new players to come in next week so it’ll be different again next week,” he added.
The Reds welcome Lincoln City next Sunday in their second pre-season matchup of the summer and after that have two more tough games against FA Women’s Championship side Aston Villa and FA Women’s Super League side West Ham United. Cook continued to insist that these next three fixtures are all about his players earning minutes on the pitch and working on his vision for the upcoming season.
“These four-pre-season games we are using just to get 90 minutes and understanding of what I want and an understanding of what they (the players) want,” he added: “I’ve seen several things today that I want to implement and change – which is good. So, it’s positive from that result.”
New signing Laura Dexter bagged her first goal for Forest in last Sunday’s loss as she smashed home a brilliant effort after she flicked on the ball over her defender’s head which Cook described as ‘fantastic’.
The goal began with excellent build-up play from the Reds that saw nine strong passes strung together before Dexter netted her goal and Cook was delighted to see his side get on the score sheet.
“It was good to get a goal,” he said.
“That was one of them other things we have been talking about all week in terms of building up from the back.”
“So, to get that goal was great.”