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Cook previews Clarets trip

9 November 2019

Andy Cook’s Nottingham Forest side face-off to second place Burnley on Sunday afternoon as The Reds look to make it five wins on the bounce and he shares his thoughts ahead of the fixture.

Cook said: “We’ve had a good week of work ahead of Sunday’s game. 

“We’re looking forward to it and it’s always good to get another league game under our belt and to continue the run of form we’re in. 

“If we can start well and maintain our run then it’d be good, but we’re all expecting a really tough game against Burnley.” 

Forest come in to the fixture in fine form as they have picked up four wins out of a possible four during October which saw them climb up the league standings to fourth place on goal difference. The Clarets are currently unbeaten in the season, so far and Cook believes that Sunday is perfect timing for his side to take points of the high-flying team. 

“I think it is a great time for us to face Burnley,” Cook said. 

“We’re all just raring to go up against them and the game can’t come around quick enough.” 

Picking up all three points on Sunday and with the help of other results going in the side’s favour a win can potentially see The Reds rise to second place after the full-time whistle and even though the league standings catch the teams’ eyes the game is their only focus. 

Cook explains: “Like I have said before, we look at the table and we look at the results other teams get as it shows us where we’ve been and where other teams are going. 

“Everyone says they take matches game by game which we do as that weekend’s game is the only one we focus on during the week. 

“But for me, we’re just focusing on Burnley this week to go up there and get three points and we can go back to the league table after.” 

Cook also believes his side are the underdogs heading into the game but it is a challenge they are ‘relishing’. 

“I think we are the underdogs going into the fixture,” Cook stated. 

“The league table doesn’t lie, we’re currently fourth as we didn’t have a good start and we can’t run away from that. 

“We are the underdogs as Burnley have had a fantastic start to the season after they’ve come up and they’ve got a solid squad with a good group of staff there. 

“It’s our challenge to go there and try and match it and come back with some points. But we’re relishing that challenge.”

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