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Cook thrilled by rising Reds

11 November 2019

Andy Cook was ‘over the moon’ with his side’s fifth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon as Nottingham Forest moved up to third place in the league.

Precious Hamilton found the back of the net on the 73rd minute as The Reds returned to Nottingham with all three points as they beat unbeaten Burnley 1-0. 

Cook expressed his joy of his side picking up the win after the game: “I’m over the moon with five consecutive wins. 

“I think we battled hard today and it was a tough game. 

“Burnley have been good defensively this season that was proved again today. 

“We managed to create some chances but nothing was clear cut in the first-half.

“We said to the girls at half-time that we need to make sure we step it up, minimise errors and we’ll do well. That’s exactly what we did in the second-half.” 

Hamilton’s second-half strike was her 19th of the season and despite her impressive run of form Cook states his side still need to be more clinical in front of goal as a low goal difference keeps them from second place. 

“I still don’t think we’re clinical enough in that final third,” he said. 

“We’re getting the ball into those areas and we’ve got some good movements and shape but we still need to score more goals and it’s something we’re working on. But it’ll come.” 

The game also saw Forest pick up their fifth clean sheet of the season as Aja Aguirre commanded her box well to shut-out the opposition and Cook was exceptionally pleased with that. 

Cook said: “Aja Aguirre had a quote after the Derby game; ‘Goals help you win matches but clean sheets ensure the points are retained’, and that’s true. 

“Keeping a clean sheet was something we’ve talked about all week and was featured in our pre-match team presentation. 

“It was also great to see Hollie Barker start and help bolster the back four. 

“If the whole team keep playing like that we’ll keep clean sheets and continue earning points.”

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