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Andy Cook post-West Bromwich Albion

21 September 2020

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Andy Cook was left disappointed that his side didn’t pick up a win on their opening day of the season on Sunday afternoon as his side drew 2-2 away to West Bromwich Albion.

Speaking after the game Cook said: “We’re a little disappointed with the way the game ended as we let in a goal close to the final whistle. 

“So, that’s frustrating. 

“But the way the game went, one-nil down and then to pull ourselves back into the game and to show that fight and battle was great. 

“We’re disappointed not to get the win but we’ll take the point away from home.”

The Reds found themselves behind after only 11 minutes but goals from Laura-Jayne O’Neill and Georgia Hewitt saw Forest go 2-1 ahead. But The Baggies tucked home a penalty on the 82nd minute to ensure the spoils would be shared. Cook believes that his side were capable of seeing out the win and had the opportunities to do so.

“I do think the game was there for us to win,” he explained.

“When it went 2-2 we still had a couple of great chances where we could’ve sealed the win. 

“Georgia Hewitt also had that other great chance when we were ahead 2-1 where if she’d put that away we’d have had that third goal. 

“They’re the crucial moments in games and the momentum shifters so we need to make sure that we learn from them and improve ahead of Sunday’s game.”

The Reds are back in action at the weekend as they welcome Derby County to Eastwood Community Football Club and Cook states that fight his side showed on Sunday will help his side heading into derby day.

Cook said: “We spoke a lot over pre-season about how we can build momentum from the first game and the start of last season wasn’t great. 

“But this is a new season, new year and new group and we’ve managed to earn a point from our opening game and not a loss. 

“We showed fight as we battled to come from a goal down and get that point and we can take that into the next game.”

Five of the team’s summer signings made their official Forest debuts during the game and Cook was left impressed with his new Reds.

“It was great to see several players all make their debuts today,” he said.

“Charlotte Steggles who made the move up from the reserve team deserved her start after her performances throughout pre-season. 

“Charlotte Greengrass was also an absolute rock at the back there and her clearance block at the end of the game was fantastic. 

“Rachel Brown who came off the bench has now put me under pressure when considering my starting 11 heading into the next game as she impressed when she came on.”

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