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Cook ready for tough month

4 November 2019

Andy Cook believes his side face their hardest games of the season yet as they look to extend their winning run and make it a second consecutive month unbeaten.

The Reds travel to take on Burnley on Sunday and then face two cup tests against Notts County's development side in the Nottinghamshire County Cup and Leeds United in the FA Women’s National League Plate. Looking ahead of the upcoming tests and the month, Cook shares his thoughts.

“I think our next two games will be amongst the two of the hardest games we’ll play this season because of the fact the teams we are playing against are in or around us,” Cook said. 

“They’re in and around the mix in terms of points so we need to turn our performance on. 

“Burnley is going to be a really tough game as they’ve started very well, are unbeaten and they’ve been flying up the league. 

“So, we’re going there as underdogs so we’ve got to go there and really put a show on. But hopefully it’ll be a good afternoon for us.” 

Forest come into the new month off the back of a successful October where the side picked up four wins out of four and scored a whopping 27 goals. They most recently romped to a 5-2 victory over Hull City and after the game Cook expressed his frustrations with his side’s performance which he believed wasn’t up to their standards but reflecting back over a week later he has fresh thoughts. 

He said: “Once we looked back and analysed that game against Hull we realised we did what we needed to do and we played the game and actually we got some detail from it. 

“We could’ve been more clinical in front of goal but our passes and build up play were good.

“The month as a whole was good to us but now we move onto November and hopefully keep that run going.” 

Five wins out of their last six league games have seen The Reds fly up the league table and they currently sit in fourth place and are level on third on points. And Cook states that he keeps a watchful on the league standings but still takes it one game at a time. 

“We look at the table all the time if I’m going to be honest,” Cook explained. 

“Everyone does these interviews and says it’s one game at a time, which it is, but you’ve always got your eye on the league. 

“You look at what other teams are doing and what you’re doing yourself as you want to find ways to improve and you’ve got to have some objective measure for that and that’s what the league table gives us. 

“So yes, we’ve been looking at it and the whole team knows it but that’s because we want to be up there come the end of the season. 

“Equally all we are focusing on is each game. We look at the league table as sign of where we’ve been and where we’ve come from so the next game is where we’re going to go to and try and achieve three points and a win.”


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