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Andy Cook post-Derby County

28 September 2020

Josh Dixon

Andy Cook was delighted that his side picked up their first win of the season as they beat East Midlands rivals Derby County 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking after the game Cook said: “It’s a brilliant win.

“We knew coming into the game that it was going to be tough and Derby probably played better than us in the first-half.

“But we managed to find the target and score the goal and what a free-kick it was.

“We did exactly what we needed to do in that half and then played superbly in the second to secure the win.”

It was The Reds’ second outing of the new season and the side ensured they came away from this fixture with all three points after last weekend’s opening day draw. Cook believes this was a ‘brilliant’ occasion to bag their first victory.

“When the fixtures were first released and we saw that we were playing Derby so early on we spoke on how we thought this could be a negative as the season would be so new and both teams wouldn’t really know each other,” Cook explained. 

“But we faced up to the challenge and to get our first win on an occasion like this is brilliant. 

“Four points from our first two games of the season is something we’ll all happily take.” 

Rosie Axten bagged her first goal for the club as she netted Forest’s second of the afternoon on the 77th minute and Cook was pleased to see his new Red find the back of the net. 

He said: “At half-time I felt that if Rosie just got that one chance that she would get her goal and she took it well and got her reward. 

“It’s nice to see her get off the mark as since she’s come in she’s done well and played great and grafted on the pitch.” 

It’s a quick turnaround for The Reds this week as they are back in action this Thursday as they welcome Sheffield FC to Eastwood Community Football Club and Cook is hoping his side can build some momentum from Sunday’s win. 

“We found that last season that as soon as we picked up them first couple of wins that we built that momentum on the pitch and the results came,” he explained. 

“But it’s one game at a time and it’s going to be another tough battle as Sheffield are going to come into it game wanting to bounce back from their first two results and will want to prove a point. 

“There’s no easy games in this league.” 

An impressive crowd of 430 fans backed The Reds against The Ewe Rams at the weekend and Cook is hoping that the win left a smile on all of the supporter’s faces. 

He said: “Playing in-front of a crowd that big was just fantastic. 

“When Steggs hit her goal the noise that came from the fans was terrific. 

“We know that it’s a tough time for people right now but hopefully we put a smile on the everyone’s faces.” 


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