Andy Cook was delighted to see his Nottingham Forest Women side return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon as they picked up a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in front of strong home crowd.
Speaking after the game Cook said: “All throughout the week all we spoke about was getting those three points so I’m absolutely pleased we did.
“It may have been possibly the scruffiest goal you’d have ever seen but I’ll happily take that after our first game against Middlesbrough.
“We knew we would be up against it today and it was proved with the couple of good opportunities they created. But we’ve done what we needed to do.”
The victory recorded the side’s fourth consecutive league win and took the team up to second place in the league standings and Cook’s looking for his side the continue battling in the remaining few months of the season.
“Since September we’ve now gone undefeated in the league and we’re just happy to keep that run going,” Cook explained.
“You can only take what you can and especially now in the second half of the season we need to make sure we’re right on it and to give ourselves the opportunity to make sure we’re right in the mix come May.”
The Reds have kept a clean sheet in 50% of their league games this season and Cook was extremely pleased to see his side collect another yesterday afternoon.
He said: “We always talk about defending and what we need to do and the whole team from goalkeeper Aja Aguirre to the front line did well defensively today.
“Boro had that great chance down the right wing in the second half and Aja had to make that great save so the team were constantly switched on.
“We may have felt a bit comfortable at times but Boro would always remind us that we’ve got to be switched on and we did that.”
Cook has been forced to make several changes to his starting 11 since the turn of the new year through injuries and absentee players and he believes that the squad depth will play a ‘main part’ in the team's success.
“Any win is pleasing but the fact we’ve been forced into making so many changes recently makes it even better. It shows the depth of the squad we’ve got,” he stated.
“We fielded a completely different team that played that game against Boro on the first day of the season and I think that will be the main part of our success.
“We’ve got so many players that can play in so many different positions and the players are able to adapt and change to what we need that week.”