Andy Cook was left impressed with his side’s fight back on Sunday afternoon after they came from behind to pick up a 3-2 victory away to Stoke City.
The Reds went behind early as The Potters opened the scoring after only six minutes of play, but a goal from Rosie Axten and a brace from Bex Rayner put Forest in the driving seat as they went 3-1 ahead. Stoke clawed a goal back one minute into stoppage time but it wasn’t enough for the hosts as The Reds brought all three points back to Nottingham.
Speaking after the game, Cook reflected on the win: “It’s great to get the three points and I’m happy that we scored another three goals.
“It was good to see another goal scorer this season as Bex got her first goal of the campaign.
“It was a shaky start for us but we managed to battle our way into the game, get our goals and see the win out and do what we had to do to get the win.”
Axten and Rayner netted goals 46 seconds apart mid-way through the first-half after a disappointing first 20 minutes of football for The Reds and Cook was left delighted that his side showed the fight to get back into the game.
He said: “The fight to get back into the game was really impressive.
“We scored the goals in quick succession to take the lead and it was full credit to the players.
“The first 20 minutes was really poor from us as we didn’t fight, we didn’t battle and we were off the pace.
“But full praise to the players as they turned it around, dug in, got their two goals and we went into half-time leading.”
Bex Rayner got off the mark for the campaign yesterday afternoon as she scored a brace to help lift The Reds to victory and Cook was pleased to see his playmaker get back amongst the goals.
“It’s been coming for her really,” he said.
“She’s a great footballer and she links up the play between the defence and attack and we’re just over the moon to have her in our team.
“So, I’m delighted she got on the scoresheet and the third goal that she scored was a touch of a class as she took it around the ‘keeper and rolled it in.”
Cook’s Reds currently sit joint-top of the league standings as they are tied on points with Fylde and Cook is thrilled to see the side fighting at the top of the table but insists that there’s still a long way to go.
“Fighting at the very top of the table was something we wanted to achieve last season but we failed to as Sunderland we’re flying last year,” Cook explained. "But this season things have changed.
“I said it in pre-season that the teams who deal with the quick turnaround and the quick succession of matches early doors are going to reap the awards and ourselves and Fylde have done that.
“We’re currently sitting up there but it’s a long season and we know that this year in the league any team are capable of beating another one.
“So, it’s going to be a long season and we need to take it one game at a time and make sure we guard against complacency.”