Andy Cook and the rest of his Nottingham Forest side are excited to return to the field for the first time of the New Year on Sunday as they face Burnley away from home in the FA Cup.
Looking ahead to the game Cook said: “We can’t wait to get going in 2020. We ended 2019 really well but it’s a new year and new challenges and we’ve just got to think about the next game. Hopefully we can take that form into Sunday’s game and keep the momentum going.”
The Reds head into the fixture eight games unbeaten but Cook explains that his side won’t get carried away with their fine form as they only look forward.
“Every game to us a clean slate and that’s why we’ve done so well. Before every game we’ve not looked at where we’ve been or what we’ve done, we’ve always looked at what we need to do for the next game coming up.
“Sunday’s test is going to be really tough as we know from before that Burnley are tough to break down and are a good side. With it being in the FA Cup you just cannot predict what is going to happen but it’s a test we’re looking forward to.”
Forest have already faced The Clarets once this season in league where The Reds returned home victorious with a 1-0 victory but Cook knows that the magic of The FA Cup means form and previous results go out of the window.
Cook said: “Our winning result against them back in November doesn’t have a bearing on Sunday’s game. Both teams have improved since then and the FA Cup always throws up surprises and with them playing at home they have the advantage. So, we’re going into this fresh with aims of getting into the next round.”
It has been four weeks since the side last took to the field and after a two-week break for Christmas Cook states his team are looking ‘fresh’ in their first week back.
“The whole squad’s looking fresh and good. We’ve come back into training this week and the work rate they’ve put in over those sessions has been great.
“They’ve took two weeks off from football but it’s still been an extremely busy period for the players and the fact they’ve come back in with the work rate they have is fantastic.”