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Cook: A great away victory

9 September 2019

Nottingham Forest head coach Andy Cook praised his side following their derby day triumph over East Midlands rivals Derby County at Pride Park on Sunday afternoon.

Precious Hamilton’s 83rd minute header proved to be the difference as Cook and the rest of The Reds snatched all three points and headed back along the red side of the A52 the happier of the two teams.

Speaking after the game Cook shared his delight of his side not only earning the win but sticking together to grind out a second consecutive clean sheet.

He said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic with the win. It’s the exact performance that you want. We spoke at half-time when it was 0-0 and all we said was that we need to make sure we keep everything tight and keep a clean sheet and wait for our chance. 

“We thought our chance was the one where Precious (Hamilton) hit it with her left foot and it flew wide of the right-hand post but we were patient and got another opportunity from a set play and we made it count. 

“It’s a great 1-0 team away victory.”

After a tough start to the season Forest have begun to chalk some points onto the leader board and currently sit with six points alongside four other sides and are only four points off the league leaders.

Sunday’s victory made it back to back wins for Cook and The Reds and although he believes that things may have started falling in place for his side, they are not going to get carried away as nothing has been achieved, yet. 

He explained: “Yes, it feels as though things are starting to fall and click and that’s obvious as we’ve picked up two wins in our last two games, but we still haven’t achieved anything yet.

“Yes, we’ve won two games but that’s what we're here to do, that’s what our job is, to win football matches. 

“Things are clicking but we haven’t achieved anything; we’ve just got six points and that’s all we have." 

He added: “In theory, we should have more points but that’s the way football goes.

“Things are clicking but I think it’s because we’ve learnt and adapted and we’ve started to play and find our rhythm a little bit. 

“Now we’ve got to maintain that and if anything, we’ve got to battle harder now because teams are going to recognise that and try and come at us.” 

Hamilton’s winner against The Rams on Sunday afternoon took her season goal tally up to an astonishing eight goals in five games and Cook has been more than impressed with his prized asset. 

“I knew of Precious’ name before I came in from some of the places she’s played at but I’ve never worked with her and didn’t know anyone personally that had worked with her,” Cook said. 

“So, seeing her in training was first class and then when you see her on the pitch she’s just got a little bit of everything. 

“She can hold the ball up she can drop off and play in behind and obviously her goal scoring ability is fantastic and it’s creating goals for herself and for the team. 

“We’re just delighted to have a player like Precious.”


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