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"We didn't hit the heights"

28 October 2019

Despite his side picking up all three points in a 5-2 victory over Hull City on Sunday afternoon Andy Cook rallies for his team to meet the standards they have set for themselves as he was left disappointed with their overall performance.

Speaking after the match Cook expressed his frustration with his side but had high praise for their opposition. 

“The game was closer than what we wanted,” Cook explained. 

“It was a tough game against good opposition. For me, if Hull can battle like that in the rest of their games then they’ll pick up some points. 

“For us, I was disappointed with our standards and our application. We did ok as we managed to get the goals but it wasn’t up to our standards that we have set.” 

The Reds found the back of the net five times across the 90 minutes but Cook states that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal moving forward and need to develop a bite.

He said: “We definitely need to be a lot more clinical heading into future games. 

“In a respectful way, we were too nice and we need to be more switched on and alert in future games. 

“We need to press when we lose it and when we have it we need to be charging that counter attack. 

“We were just slow today but I can still find the positives in the game. We managed to score five goals and we’ve put in a relatively good performance at home.” 

Precious Hamilton, Bolu Fisher and Bex Rayner all found the back of the net to earn the win for Forest and Cook expressed his joy for seeing different Reds all etch their names on the scoresheet. 

Cook said: “Precious has done what she always does and got herself some goals, a brilliant hat trick but it was great to see once again the goals being shared around. 

“Bex scored a brilliant goal and for Bolu to step up and take that penalty was great to see. 

“Also, Sophie Tudor’s ball that set-up our first goal was fantastic as well so it was great to see several players all involved in the goals.” 

The win saw The Reds end the month with a 100% winning record and Cook states that it’s his and his sides aim to continue this brilliant form heading into the end of the year. 

“We’ve played four games and got four wins how can you not be happy with that. Our aim is to continue that throughout November and maintain that record,” Cook explained.

“The girls are up for it heading into the new month and they know exactly where we need to be and how we need to get there.” 

To round of a memorable day for The Reds a terrific crowd of 457 fans arrived in their masses to cheer on the side and Cook praised the Forest faithful for their great backing. 

Cook said: “Having over 400 fans come down and support us is a great.

“Along with the hospitality we had before the game and then the rest of the fans that turned up is fantastic. 

“We could feel that support when we were playing and when we scored and it was great to feel the crowd with us.”


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