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Cook calls for belief

30 September 2019

Andy Cook calls for his side to believe in themselves and their capabilities more to beat the league’s best after they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Reflecting back on the tasty match-up after the game Cook said: “I’ll have to use a cliché to describe the match but it was a game of two halves. 

“First half from ourselves we didn’t appear to believe that we could get anything from the game. 

“We were a little bit slow and let them into the game. We had a plan and it worked a couple of times on occasion but the second-half on the other hand we came out and played differently.” 

The Reds opened the game’s scoring inside the opening 10 minutes but found themselves 2-1 behind heading into the break. It was a much improved second-half performance from Forest but they failed to break down the Sunderland defence to earn themselves anything from the game. Cook now rallies for his side to start believing in their own abilities more. 

“So, now we’ve got to regroup and go again in training on Tuesday and prepare for the game against Loughborough.”

Forest may have suffered a loss to The Black Cats but reflecting back to the results The Reds suffered at the hands of Sunderland last season the side put in a performance to be proud of. Cook states he can find positives within the result but explains his side to sharpen up defensively moving forward. 

“Yes, there’s some positives that can be taken out of it compared to where we were last season but we’ll have to do better and the team knows that”

“But the fact that we took the lead was a great start but we’ve got to make sure we defend better” Cook added.

“Looking back at their second goal the goal scorer was in space and it was a great hit but we’ve got to defend that better. 

“The fact that they scored on the break and we put them under a lot of pressure in that second-half but now we need to believe in ourselves across the full 90 minutes and not just a single 45-minute half.” 

Precious Hamilton grabbed Forest’s only goal of the game as she took her season tally up to 11 goals as she continued her run of scoring in side’s every game of the season, so far. And Cook only had compliments for his inform striker after the game. 

“Precious is a fantastic footballer and great person.

“The team compliments her abilities and her qualities and for me she can only go and get better and better.  We have a great squad, everyone is playing their part and we are all collectively continuing to improve. We have come a long way in a very short space of time and today showed we are capable of being the top end of this league”.

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