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Cook disappointed by cup exit

6 January 2020

Andy Cook explains that yesterday’s FA Cup 2-1 loss away to Burnley is the ‘hardest defeat’ him and his side as had to suffer this season.

Speaking after the game Cook said: “It was the hardest defeat to take this season.” 

“We had a great first 82 minutes to the game and we had some of the best football we’ve played this season and to produce that in the first game of 2020 was good.

“Burnley’s set up in the second-half was to wear us down as we we’re playing against the hill but we feel we dominated possession and created enough chances to win the game before.

“We did hit the bar twice, so moving forward we need to finish the game off and make sure it’s done before teams feel they can nick one from us. 

“Overall, we’re frustrated with the result.”

Despite the loss and the exit from the competition Cook still found positives from the game.

“Aja Aguirre’s brilliant save in the first half shows that she is a great goalkeeper. She also collected a couple of good shots in the second-half but she’s understandably frustrated with the goals. 

“It was also great to get Sydnie Naylor her debut and she’s going to be a good player for us, she’s got great quality and everyone’s looking forward to seeing her train and play,” Cook added. 

“During her recent games Bolu Fisher has kept getting into good positions and yes she did take her goal well but we want her to be more clinical in front of goal. It’s something we’re working on her with and we know it will happen.

The Reds were denied by the woodwork twice in the first-half and the Burnley shot stopper pulled off several great saves throughout the 90 minutes to keep Forest’s score at only one and Cook expresses his frustration of his team not netting more.

He said: “We didn’t score enough and that’s why we’re all so frustrated. 

“In the game and in possession we were good and we created enough good chances to win the game. 

“But goals win games we need to score more and we’ve said this all season.” 

The loss abruptly ended Forest’s FA Cup run but now means the side can draw their focus back on the league and their remaining two cup competitions.

Now we need to get things in the other competitions and turn focus back to the league.”

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