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Andy Cook pre-Huddersfield Town

17 October 2020

Andy Cook states that his side are under ‘no illusions on how hard’ this Sunday’s match away to Huddersfield Town will be as his side look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Looking ahead to the game, Cook said: “It’s going to be a really tough afternoon. We’re under no illusions on how hard the game will be. 

“We’ve prepared really well for this game and we’re excited with where we are after this week’s work.”

The Terriers currently sit third in the league standings, two places below The Reds, and Cook knows his side will have to produce their best to bring all three points home.

“Having seen them a few times I know how good Huddersfield are this season and they have been really strong over the last few weeks,” Cook explained. 

“They have some really good players - Danby and Mallin always produce quality in games. We beat them once in a tough game and then drew in the return fixture at their ground so we know how tough the game will be. 

“As ever we’re only focused on what we can control, how we play and how we work as a group.” 

Cook’s side’s last outing was Sunday afternoon where Forest put seven past Loughborough Foxes with no reply to pick up a convincing victory but Cook insists that, that ‘game’s gone now’ and will play no part in tomorrow’s tie.
 
He said: “I wouldn’t say it’s given us anymore confidence in ourselves than we already had. We knew we had that performance in us.  We ended the game having made over 400 passes and 84% pass completion rate and only had two shots against us.

“It was a really dominant performance but that’s just one game and that game’s gone now. The most important thing for us was the sessions in the week and they went well. Thursday evening was a fantastic session but again that doesn’t matter now, we have to control our own performance on Sunday.”

A win on Sunday will guarantee that Forest retain their spot at the top of the league table and Cook ensures that is all the ‘motivation’ the team needs. 

“We can’t control the league positions, we can only control our performance and if we do that then we have a chance of staying top,” Cook said. 

“But that’s the motivation for us. Huddersfield will want to stop us, as will everyone in the league and that’s okay. Pressure is a privilege and we’ve all worked hard to get into this position.” 


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