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Cook wary of tough cup tie

12 October 2019

Andy Cook believes his side are in for a ‘tough battle’ on Sunday afternoon as his side face lower league opposition Chester-le-Street in the first round of the FA Women’s National League Plate.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s fixture, Cook said: “I think it’s going to be a hell of a game. It’s going to be a real tough fixture. 

“We’ve been able to see highlights from their fixture last week against Newcastle and their comeback in that game was great. They scored three goals in seven minutes and they clearly possess good quality to get themselves back in that game. 

“We’ve got be aware of the mindset within the Chester-le-Street squad and we’re prepared for a really tough battle on Sunday.” 

Cook has often named a familiar squad in his side’s recent league fixtures over the past two months but he explains he’s looking to bring in others off the bench into his starting 11 on Sunday. 

“I expect to make a couple of changes to my starting 11 and bench. I want to switch it up a bit and bring others into the fold,” Cook explained.

“But there won’t be too many changes as we’ve built up some good momentum and it’s important for us to maintain that.” 

But Cook continued to state that he will still field a strong and recognisable Forest side tomorrow as he and the club respect cup ties. 

He said: “Some teams may look at cup games and devalue them but that’s one thing we will not do. We want to go out there and win every match that we play. 

“But we will change a few things around and players that deserve minutes and deserve game time because they’re training really well and will get that.”

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