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Cook prepared for tough Tigers test

26 October 2019

Andy Cook states that his side head into a tough fixture on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Hull City to Eastwood CFC.

The Tigeresses picked up their first points of the season last Sunday and Cook believes that makes Forest’s task on Sunday even tougher. 

Cook said: “I think it’s going to be a tough game because of the fact that Hull picked up their first three points of the season last Sunday after they beat West Brom and they’ll obviously be looking to make it two victories in two games. 

“So, they’ll have even extra motivation heading into the tie so it’s going to be a really tough game. 

“We still haven’t come up against a team that we’ve had a straight forward game against and I expect the same from Hull this weekend. 

“We know bits about them so we know what we need to work on and what we need to do in the game so hopefully if we can get all them bits right we’ll be good in the game.” 

Cook has fielded 22 different players over the side’s last three games as plenty of fresh faces have earnt playing time on the field and he explains how the whole side are full of confidence heading into Sunday. 

“Everyone’s confident. The three games leading into this have all been really good,” Cook said. 

“The fact we’ve been able to use so many different players over the last three games is great going into this league fixture. 

“Cup games allow us to rotate the team and see what other players have to offer and it helps build up player’s confidence. 

“So, as a whole team they’re all buzzing heading into Sunday.” 

A win on Sunday would see The Reds end the month with a 100% winning record but Cook says that him and his side are taking it minute by minute on the field and not getting carried away with their great form. 

Cook said: “I’d be over the moon if we picked up a win on Sunday and end the month unbeaten. 

“When we started October that was the challenge we laid down for the players, so that’s what we’ve been working towards and we’ve been taking it game by game. Now we’re on that final game and if we can get that victory on Sunday then we’d be pretty happy with our 100% record in October. 

“For me, it’s more about what we’re doing minute by minute in the game and that’s what we keep saying to the players, of course we’re focusing on that 100% record and focussing on trying to win each game. 

“But we’ve got to win the battles and win our duels and each player has got to fight and win the ball and do what they need to do.” 

The Reds are back playing at home for the first time in four weeks and Cook has a message for the Forest fans ahead of the fixture. 

“The level of support on social media over the past three weeks has been absolutely phenomenal and we appreciate it all,” Cook expressed. 

“All we ask is to keep it up, to keep supporting us on social media and at games. All the players and staff here love it when the fans get down to the games so we look forward to seeing everyone here on Sunday. 

“And with the momentum we’re building here we need that support from fans and we’re fortunate here at Nottingham Forest to have that strong fan base.”


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