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Andy Cook post-Sheffield FC

2 October 2020

Andy Cook was delighted to see his Nottingham Forest side collect all three points on Thursday evening but is still demanding to see more from the team.

The Reds put four past Sheffield FC on their way to the win but conceded a late consolation goal to tarnish the score line and Cook is hoping his side can cut those small errors out moving forward.

He said: “I think that the overall performance could’ve been better. Some of the football we did play was really good but it was in patches.

“Full credit to Sheffield FC, they had some good chances and played well.

“But we need to now make sure we’re better at defending in those danger areas and making sure we don’t concede late on.”

It was Forest’s second set of three points in five days as the side pulled themselves to joint top of the league standings and Cook was pleased with the back-to-back victories.

“At the end of the day that’s all we want out of every game is three points,” he explained.

“Three points was the aim and that’s what we managed to get.

“Would we have liked more goals? Yes. Would we have liked a full 90-minute performance where we’re dominating play and possession? Yes.

“But, we can only play what’s in-front of us and we did score four goals at home so we’re happy with the result.” 

Four different Reds etched their names on the score-sheet last night as three summer signings all bagged their first goal for the club. Seven different Trickies have all contributed to the side’s eight goals this season so far, and Cook is delighted to see goals come from a range of players.

He said: “It’s absolutely superb.

“If you look at previous seasons and other teams in the league you always look at one or two key players to score most of the goals. 

“But we’ve managed to get goals from across the whole pitch this season so far. 

“We had four different goal scorers against Sheffield and it’s fantastic to see.” 

Cook was left impressed with Hayley James after the final whistle as the full-back earnt her first start of the season and also netted the side’s second goal of the evening. 

Reflecting on her performance Cook said: “I was very impressed with Hayley tonight. 

“When we spoke to over the summer about trying to bring her into the club we knew the quality she has and we wanted that in our squad. 

“When she decided to sign we were excited to have that opportunity to work with her. 

“She’s got that ability to work down the left or the right of the pitch as she showed tonight and she can find the back of the net.”

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