Andy Cook states his side will take great pride in their first Nottinghamshire County Cup tie of the season as it’s a competition the club take ‘extremely seriously’.
The Reds are the current holders of the cup after they ran out victorious for a fourth consecutive season last April and Cook explains that he hopes it can bring his side success again this season.
He said: “It’s a competition everyone at this club wants to and does take extremely seriously.
“Success is something we’re constantly striving for and this cup brings that and it’s something we’ve won on numerous occasions and we want to add to that.
“It’s something we need to defend and it’s ours currently to defend so if we can do that well then, we’ll be great.”
Forest take on Newark Town on Sunday afternoon as they begin their quest to lift the trophy for a 14th time in the club’s history and Cooks understands that his Reds face a tough tie as their opponents will be looking to knock out the current holders.
“It’ll be an interesting game. We’ve not started our County Cup run yet as we go straight into the second round,” Cook said.
“It’s a cup I know everyone here at Nottingham Forest takes great pride in so were looking forward to playing the game and I think Newark will be up for the game as they’re playing us, the current holders of the cup.
“We’ve got to be ready to face the challenge and the fact that we’re playing away from home at Newark will make it an even harder test for everyone. But everyone’s looking forward to it.”
Sunday’s tie will be The Reds fourth game in 11 days as they have faced Loughborough Foxes in the league, Chester-le-Street in the plate and the Chinese under-18s national side in a friendly within that time. Cook explains that he will be looking to rotate his starting 11 on Sunday to allow some players a well-deserved break from playing time and to reward patient players who are yet to make their stamp on the team yet.
“Bringing in fresh faces into the team is something we’ve definitely been looking at and will be doing,” Cook explained.
“We’ve got several players that have featured heavily over this busy 11 day period for us that warrant a rest and unfortunately, we have a couple of players that have picked up minor knocks.
“So, we’ll obviously be rotating some players around so it’s fortunate that we have such a big squad and plenty of players in training that can easily slip into the side.
“It’s also a great opportunity for some players to pick up some valuable minutes on the field and opportunity for them players to stake their claim and push for places in the squad for our league games.”