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Cook thrilled by first victory

6 September 2019

Andy Cook expressed his delight after his side picked up their first three points with a convincing 5-0 win over Sheffield FC on Thursday night. He also explains how the clean sheet was just as important as chalking their first points on the board.

Speaking after the game Cook beamed with pride as he believes his team have finally got the reward for what they’ve been working on over the past few weeks in training. 

“I’m absolutely delighted with the result,” he said. 

“The fact that we’ve kept a clean sheet and that we’ve scored five goals. It’s absolutely brilliant and what we’ve been working for. 

“We’ve got to feel for Sheffield as we’ve been there the first couple of games but we’ll take anything. 

“To get five goals and a clean sheet is brilliant.” 

Despite suffering two defeats in their first two league games of the season The Reds bounced back positively to ensure they left with a perfect clean sheet intact. Aja Aguirre produced several crucial saves throughout the game to deny Sheffield FC an opportunity to write their names on the score sheet and Cook only had praise for his ‘keeper after the result. 

“Keeping a clean sheet just boosts everyone confidence, from the ‘keeper to the defence,” Cook explained.

“To get a win is brilliant before the game we would’ve took a 1-0 win or a scrappy 2-1 result as long as we won that was all we were after tonight. 

“The fact we managed to get five was superb as well and there were some excellent goals in that as well. Phoebe Warner’s was great and of course Precious with her hat trick. 

“It’s all absolutely superb but the clean sheet is simply brilliant for everyone’s confidence. 

“Aja has been brilliant for us this season and she deserves this clean sheet, so for her it’s fantastic.” 

Precious Hamilton bagged herself an impressive hat-trick against the Yorkshire side as she brought her season total up to a whopping seven goals across four games. Phoebe Warner and Bex Rayner also got involved on the goal scoring action as they added the games third and fourth goal and Cook explains how beneficial it is for his side for to get different goal scorers racking up the goals. 

“It’s absolutely crucial that we have different players scoring goals. 

“We’ve spoke about this over pre-season how we have to get more than just Precious scoring goals, yes, she can score but we need to get goals from different positions and we got that tonight,” Cook stated. 

“I believe we could’ve got even more goals tonight, we saw that Katie (Middleton) was really unfortunate not to get a goal. 

“It’s something that’s coming and were working on it and the midfielders know they need to get in them positions and now we can see the goals finally coming from all over the place.” 

It’s a quick turnaround for The Reds as the side travel to Pride Park on Sunday afternoon to face East Midlands rivals, Derby County, in a fierce league match-up and Cook believes last night’s result will give his team an extra boost heading into the fixture. 

“Regardless of how many we scored we would’ve gone into Sunday’s game flying because all this team needed was three points to get off the mark,” Cook continued: “The fact that we played the game we did and scored the goals we did and kept the clean sheet is just brilliant for everyone going into the game on Sunday.” 

“Our attention this week has only been on the Sheffield game but now me and my staff will go back and analyse the game, as well as the players and we’ll all get ready to go again on Sunday.”

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