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Andy Cook post-Huddersfield

9 March 2020

Andy Cook was left feeling deflated after his side were forced to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw away to Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.

Reflecting on the game Cook said: “If you ask myself, the players and the staff all here we’d say it was two points dropped in the context of the game. 

“But we’ve played them twice in the league now and we’ve took four points from them so we’ve got to be happy with that. 

“I think previous Nottingham Forest sides that have come here would’ve been over the moon with a point. 

“So, I think that shows the levels and the standards we have now and the ability this team are playing with. 

“So, we’re slightly frustrated but it’s one of those where if you can’t win then make sure you don’t lose which we didn’t do.” 

It was a physical game between the two sides as the battled commenced from the starting whistle and The Reds had to come from behind to claim the point and Cook was pleased with the fight his side gave to earn something from the tie. 

He said: “We need to battle and we need to win and I feel as though Huddersfield came out in the first 20 minutes and were better than us but we did what we needed to do, got back in the game and we battled throughout to fightback. 

“It was a physical game and there were some good tackles in there so the fight from the team was pleasing to see.” 

Forest piled on the pressure after going a goal behind after only two minutes and got the goal they had been searching for 19 minutes from time as Precious Hamilton netted her 23rd of the season but Cook believes his side did enough to take all three points.

“We had two great chances from Precious Hamilton and Annabel McKechnie in the first-half and in the second-half we had them few half chances so the game was there to be won,” he explained. 

“The Huddersfield goalkeeper made a great save to keep Liv Cook’s effort out and unfortunately Liv couldn’t find the target with the rebound and those are the fine moments. 

“On another day we get them right, they go in and we win 2-1. 

“But then on the other hand Huddersfield went down our end and had a couple of good chances to win the game towards the end so both teams probably feel as though they could’ve won it.”  

The game was hampered with a stop-start feel as the referee halted the play every few minutes and Cook explains how that killed any momentum in the tie.

He said: “You want momentum in anything and today we didn’t have it. 

“The stoppages in the game weren’t beneficial to both teams as neither of us could really get any counter rhythm going. 

“So, unfortunately the flow of the game was lost. 

“But you’ve got to play what is in front of you and if we’re getting frustrated with that all the time we’ll never get points in any game but I think we did ok with it.

“It wasn’t exactly up to our standards and the players were left disappointed leaving the pitch but at the end of the day it’s still a point gained.” 

Positives could be found from the afternoon as Forest extended their unbeaten league run to six games but Cook was disappointed the side didn’t collect their sixth consecutive league win instead. 

“We’re unbeaten in six which is obviously good but right now we’re all just frustrated with today’s result,” Cook expressed. 

“We ask ourselves, did we do enough to win? 

“You could argue yes because of the few chances we had but we need to finish them which we aren’t doing. 

“So, it’s good to keep the run going but it’s game by game, today’s game left us frustrated but now it’s all focus on next week.”

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