Andy Cook’s Nottingham Forest side make the short trip across the city on Sunday afternoon as they turn their attention back to the Nottinghamshire County Cup and he shares his thoughts ahead of the tie with Notts County development side.
He said: “We’re excited to be back playing in the County Cup, we’re the holders and we want to go as far as we can this season.
“We’re focusing on trying to play our best in the game on Sunday and trying to progress into the next round of the cup.”
This is the first time The Reds have faced the Notts side and he explains how the team prepare to face an opposition that is foreign to them.
“We’ve done the same preparation for what we would do for any of our games across the league and various cups,” Cook said.
“We know bits on the opposition but we mainly just focus on ourselves.
“We’ve got so much quality in the side that we’ve only got to focus on ourselves and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind and make sure we do what we need to do.
“Notts aren’t in our league so we may not know as much about them as other teams but we know enough and know ourselves so we’re prepared.”
The County Cup gives Cook a chance to rotate his side and bring in players that have impressed in training to allow them a chance to show what they can give and he believes his side are in a ‘unique’ position with that.
Cook said: “For me personally, we’re in a very unique place that the squad are all very settled and very happy and that even when we rotate the team there’s still that balance and settled squad.
“When I’ve spoken to players and moved them around everyone understands why we do it and the process for it.
“This cup gives players the opportunity to play and showcase what they can offer.”
A win on Sunday would see Forest record a sixth consecutive victory which has seen the side pick-up great wins over Loughbrough Foxes and Burnley and Cook states his side are in a ‘habit’ of winning.
“A win is what we go for every game and to make it six on Sunday would be unbelievable,” he said.
“To build up that momentum of winning is key. Like anything, losing games becomes a habit and winning games become a habit and right now were in the good place.
“We’re all going into Sunday all guns blazing with aims of getting into the semi-final.”