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Andy Cook post-West Bromwich Albion

21 December 2020

Josh Dixon

Andy Cook was left frustrated with Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 loss against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon but believes his side were the ‘better team’.

Speaking after the game Cook said: “It was a very frustrating result to take because I think we were the better team and limited West Brom to only a couple of half chances.

“But it’s on us to defend the set pieces and we didn’t do that today so it’s frustration all round.”

Two fortunate goals gifted The Baggies the win after the referee awarded them a dubious free-kick and corner-kick but Cook insists his side should’ve defended them both better.

“We should’ve have done much better at defending the two goals but we can’t control the referee and the decisions that she gives,” Cook explained.

“Ultimately we’ve paid the biggest price for two refereeing mistakes today as we’ve lost all three points.”

Forest had multiple opportunities to extend their lead after Hayley James had put The Reds ahead on the 39th minute but they weren’t able to find the back of the net. Despite this, Cook believes that his side will start finishing their chances and reaping the rewards.

He said: “We need to be more calm and composed in front of goal as we’re getting in there and creating those chances but we need to finish them.

“Soon we will be scoring all of the chances and fortunately we don’t concede loads of goals so the chances will get converted soon and the wins will come.”

Forest aren’t back in action until the New Year where they’ll face Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road in the second round of The Vitality Women’s FA Cup and Cook sees this as a ‘new start’ for his side.

“I think we definitely need to look at the New Year as a new start and only focus on the future and not looking at the past,” Cook said.

“We’ve got a great first fixture in the FA Cup against Wolves and we’ll hopefully start on the right foot and go from there.”

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