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Cook: We're up for the challenge

9 October 2019

Andy Cook states his side are prepared to ‘right the wrongs’ of their last game as Nottingham Forest make the short trip across the East Midlands to take on Loughborough Foxes tomorrow evening.

Looking towards the game, Cook said: “It’s going to be a tough game. We have to make sure we are ready for the battle.

“There’s something about playing night matches which everyone enjoys under the lights and will be ready to work hard to make sure we right the wrongs of the last game.

“We’ve had a great week-and-a-half of work leading into this and the players know what is required, we have spoken about and gone through what we need. We’re ready for the game to start now.”

The Reds come into the fixture off the back of a narrow 3-1 loss to unbeaten league leaders Sunderland and will be searching to bounce back to winning ways against The Foxes.

Cook believes the fight within his side can now allow them to push on and pick up positive results across all competitions throughout the rest of the season. 

“The bounce-back-ability is crucial in any team,” Cook explained. “We’ve had a few bad results this season but what I can’t fault is the determination the squad has. Every week they bring the work rate and graft to achieve the goals we’re setting. 

“We have spoken about how much belief we have and this comes from our attitude and motivation to show up and be ready to fight. 

“This group has the potential and desire to really push on now.”

It’s a double header for Forest this week as they’re also in action on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Plate and Cook explained how his side are shaping up ahead of a busy four days. 

He said: “We ended the last session before the game and just reiterated the level we need over the next two weekends. 

“We have Thursday then Sunday in the cup and then another cup game. It’s really all about how we mentally prepare and recover over the next seven days. 

“If we do this well, we give ourselves a chance then it’s down to the fight and spirit to earn our right to play in all games. If we do this and get those right I cannot ask any more of anyone in this team.”

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