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Cook eager for league action

22 February 2020

Andy Cook and the rest of his Nottingham Forest side are excited to get back to league action on Sunday afternoon as his team welcome Fylde to Eastwood CFC.

Looking ahead to the game Cook said: “We’re all excited to get going again in the league. We’ve gone six weeks without a league game because of various reasons but we’re all very happy to be back to it on Sunday especially as it’s at Eastwood.” 

Fylde are one of only two sides The Reds haven’t faced so far this season and Cook explains how he prepares his squad to face a team they don’t know much about.

He said: “As you always do in the league you try speak to other coaches who may have played the opposition to find out information. We know little bits but we haven’t faced them ourselves so we don’t fully know what to expect. 

"Like every game this season our main priority is focusing on ourselves and what we need to do. We’ve been focusing on our own qualities and what we can bring to the game.”

Having gone six weeks without a league game, Forest have slipped down to third and are currently four points behind second-placed Derby, who have played three extra games.

So collecting a maximum of three points on Sunday will see The Reds pull themselves closer to the top two and Cook believes his side are ready for the battle to a reclaim their top-two status. 

He said: “It’s where we want to be. We want to be in the top two positions come the end of the season so we’re ready to battle. The league is what it is, every week it changes but all we can do is take each week as it comes and try and win every game. 

“All we’re focused on is trying to get the three points which is great in itself but if we can pull ourselves close to second place on Sunday then that’d be fantastic.” 

Last week’s cup fixture allowed Cook to re-introduce some of his injured Reds back to the field as they returned back to fitness and he shares how is side is shaping up ahead of the clash with Fylde. 

He said: “It’ll be our full-strength side on Sunday. We’ve had a good week’s worth of training and everyone’s pretty much in.

“One of the players who came back from injury last week, Laura-Jayne O’Neill, won’t be rushed back in as she’s been out for a long period of time but we’ll slowly continue to ease her back into it.” 

It’ll be The Reds' second home game in as many weeks and Cook is hoping that the Forest faithful can come out in their masses again to support his side. 

He said: “Our attendances have always been strong throughout the season with hundreds of fans here every game. Now it would be great to push and get even more to come along until the end of the season. 

“The men are also at home on Saturday so it’d be great if some of that support come down and backed us and hopefully it’s a great weekend all round for the club.”

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