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"Let’s hope we earn the right to play"

10 January 2020

Andy Cook looks ahead to Sunday’s clash with Middlesbrough as his side take to the field for their first league game in eight weeks.

“Two months without a league game is a long time but we’re just buzzing to get going,” Cook said. 

“We’ve got to make sure that we prepare right and also get some good rest before the game and come Sunday let’s hope we earn the right to play.” 

Due to cup competitions and a Christmas break league games have been few and far between for the side but Cook doesn’t see it as disruptive their promotion campaign as him and his side have to ‘accept it and deal with it’. 

He said: “It’s just part and parcel of playing especially when you have a winter break. 

“The men’s side of the game probably wished they have a winter break so we can be seen as fortunate as having one. But we do have one so we’ve got to accept it and deal with it. 

“Fixtures getting called off doesn’t help but that’s also just another factor in this league and level so we’ve just got to get on with it.” 

The Reds and The Boro have already met once this season in the reverse fixture on opening day where Forest fell to a disappointing 5-2 defeat but Cook is expecting a different performance from his side on Sunday as they’re an improved and different side. 

“During the first game of the season we were in a complete different position than what we’re in now,” he explained. 

“Since then we’ve brought in a few more players to help better our team and we’ve changed other things to improve. 

“We we’re also a relatively new squad from myself down to all the new signings so we look back disappointed at the result but we know we’re a different squad from then. 

“So, our only focus is getting them three points and not trying to prove a point because of the last result. Equally ‘Boro will doing the same thing as they’re a good side and will want to get them three points to move higher up the table.” 

Forest’s last welcomed a side to their home ground, Eastwood CFC, over a month ago and Cook is looking forward to being back in front of their home support on Sunday. 

He said: “It’ll be great to be back at Eastwood CFC for the first time of 2020. 

“We love playing at Eastwood and the staff here treat us like we are they’re own side. 

“The fan support is always amazing and will help us on Sunday.”

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