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Cook prepared for frantic February

10 February 2020

Andy Cook is hoping that February’s month of action will help his side re-gain the momentum they ended 2019 with.

The Reds only managed to pick up one win out of their three matches during January and he reflects back on the difficult opening month for his team. 

Cook said: “It was a tough month for us. It’s one of those things that are a cliché but the winter break has killed us. 

“We were ploughing on before Christmas, collecting those result and now it’s been tough coming back in after the break and re-gaining that momentum. 

“The run of games we’ve got coming up in February will be good for us and everyone is chomping at the bite to get a good run going again. 

“But we try to learn from these bad moments as much as the good ones and hopefully we’ll be better for it come February.” 

Fixtures have been few and far between for the side recently and having not played on two of the last three Sundays Cook explains his side are itching to get back on the field. 

“The squad just want to play matches and get into that good rhythm of games and thankfully we’ve got that coming up,” he said. 

“The team’s hungry to bounce back with some games and get them 90 minutes every week under our belts. 

“We’ll take each game at a time and go into each trying to win every battle and every dual and see where we can go with it and that’s all we ask of them.” 

Forest’s first two games of the new month are on home turf as they return to Eastwood Community football club and Cook says it comes as a relief as they know they are guaranteed games with no postponements. 

He said: “Unless it’s under two foot of snow we know we’ll definitely be playing a match here with none getting called off on the day. 

“So, it’s nice knowing that we’ve definitely got them games coming up and it helps with our match day and training planning. 

“It’s unfortunate that some of the grounds we play at are called off because of some bad weather but that is the part and parcel of this level of football. 

“But it feels great to know we’ll be back at home and we all love it down at Eastwood. 

“We’re looking forward to being back in front of the home crowd as well because the amount of support we get is fantastic.” 

Two of The Reds’ three upcoming games this month are league fixtures and the side will be looking to secure maximum points to pull themselves closer to league leaders Sunderland. 

“Six points are available and six points are what we want to get and we’ll do as always all we can to get them victories,” Cook stated.  

“The fact that we’ve only played one league game a month for the past few months has been frustrating but that’s the nature of the league and we’ve got to deal with it. 

“You can moan about it or you can become experts in executing in them conditions and I think that’s something we’re finding out that the squad can do.”

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