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League leaders to provide 'toughest test'

28 September 2019

Andy Cook believes his side face their ‘toughest test’ of the season yet as they welcome league leaders Sunderland AFC to Eastwood.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s fixture Cook said: “I think it’s going to be by far the toughest test we’ve had so far in the league.

“Sunderland are the best team in the league in regard to the results they’ve had so far this season. 

“It’s going to be a really tough test but we’re looking forward to it, we want to play against the best players and we want to play against the best teams and we want to test ourselves. 

“So, we’re looking forward to the test.”

The Reds come into the fixture in fine form as they have picked up three consecutive wins and have only conceded the one goal. Cook thinks that the recent run of impressive results sets his side in good shape heading into the game but they will not get carried away with their great form. 

“We’re definitely in great shape to face Sunderland in terms of our recent results but the one thing we’ve got in the back of our  minds is that we started the season poorly,” Cook explained. 

“That was because of the standards we were trying to set in pre-season. 

“So, yes we’re in good form but our start to the season helps keeps us level headed. 

“We’ve played well in the last three games but like we’ve said before we haven’t achieved anything yet and we’ll keep saying that until we do.” 

Two of The Reds’ recent wins have come at home in front of a terrific home crowd at Eastwood and Cook states that he wants his side to continue giving the Forest faithful results they can cheer about.    

He said: “We want to make Eastwood our fortress for ourselves which we’ve done in our last two games here and we want to keep it going. 

“But we’ve got to earn the right to play, whether we are home or away we need to put our stamp on the game and get ourselves involved in the game. 

“We can’t just turn up to matches and not work hard and not put the graft in. 

“It’ll be great to get a lot of Nottingham Forest fans down on Sunday to support the women because it’ll be a fantastic match against the current league leaders, they’ve got some brilliant footballers as have we. 

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and it’ll be a good day for everyone.”

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