Nottingham Forest head coach, Andy Cook believes that this Sunday’s game away to Sunderland AFC will be one of his side’s ‘toughest test’ of the campaign.
Looking ahead to the fixture, Cook said: “I know that this Sunday’s game will be one of our toughest test of the season based on previous battles with Sunderland.
“The long travel up there in the morning will also add to the toughness of the fixture but they’re just things we’ve got to overcome.”
Cook’s Reds picked up a point in their last match where they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in stoppage time and he states that the character shown will help his team going forward.
He said: “The character the side showed on Sunday was great and will definitely help us this weekend and in future games this season.
“But we’ll make sure we work and improve our overall performance from Sunday so we don’t make the same mistakes again and we put in the performance across the full 90 minutes.”
Forest’s previous three matches against Sunderland have seen them suffer defeats so finally picking up a victory over them on Sunday would be ‘brilliant’ says Cook.
“It would be brilliant to pick up the win against them going off previous results,” Cook explained
“If we put in that performance that we’re capable of and doing all the right things then we’ll be there and there about.
“Sunderland are coming into the game on the back of a defeat so we expect that they’ll be really up for it so we just have to make sure that we’re ready for the battle and we’re fighting in every minute of the game.