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Cook on 'unbelievable' Fylde victory

24 February 2020

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Andy Cook describes the ‘unbelievable’ feeling that was felt when his Nottingham Forest side netted a dramatic 93rd-minute winner on Sunday afternoon to clinch a 2-1 victory over Fylde.

Speaking after the game Cook beamed: “It feels unbelievable. Everyone here saw the scenes in the dug-out and on the pitch when we scored so it was brilliant. 

“In football those are the little moments you love. 

“We battled throughout the game and I believe Fylde had the better footballing moments but we got the goals that mattered.” 

The win saw The Reds extend their league winning streak to five games as the side have not suffered defeat since September and Cook explains how important momentum is as his side push for promotion. 

He said: “The winning streak is absolutely everything. 

“I saw a post on social media from a player this morning saying that you don’t get any momentum in women’s football because of the fixture backlog because of the weather. 

“That is true in a way in terms of playing games but you can’t deny what winning games does for momentum and we need to keep those results coming in.” 

Bex Rayner netted the opening goal of the game as she slotted home a stunning solo effort and Cook only had praise for his skillfull number 12 after the game. 

“That goal was the exact reason why we brought Bex in,” he explained. 

“We knew she had that in her and we know the ability she’s got and we’re just fortunate that she’s with us as she’s a terrific footballer. 

“The girls know what she can do and today’s exactly it. 

“She weaved past three or four today and we kept thinking pass it now but she kept hold of the ball and did exactly what she can do.” 

Helena Constantinou was the player in the Garibaldi that netted the terrific injury time winner and Cook was also overjoyed to see the youngster get her name on the scoresheet. 

He said: “We didn’t make a defensive change when we brought Phoebe Warner off and put Helena on. 

“We told her to go forward, make sure you’re pressing for the ball and try and get us in an attacking position. 

“She’s a good player and a great young woman. She’s always done well on the pitch for us when played and we knew we’d get that good performance from her.”

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