Andy Cook credited Aston Villa Academy for giving his side a tough test on Sunday afternoon as Nottingham Forest continued their pre-season campaign.
The Reds fell to 4-3 loss in their fourth friendly tie of the summer and Cook explained the game showed Forest the improvements they need to make.
He said: “It was a very tough game and they were a great side. Villa were very comfortable on the ball and if they played in our league they would do very well.
“I don’t like to lose any game, whether it be in the league, cup or a friendly but we’ve not lost three points, the only thing we’ve lost is the tie.
“So, there’s no losses really, just gains. We know the things we now need to improve on moving forward.”
Cook was pleased to see Forest’s three goals come from three different goal scorers across the pitch but insists their focus in training needs to be cutting out their errors in their own box.
“Lucy’s goal was great as she read the interception well, got in-front of the girl and shot,” Cook said.
“Bex’s again was a touch of class and we know that’s what she has. The last one was also great as the cross that came in from Hayley was fantastic and credit to Niamh for the finish.
“So, were pleased with the goals that we’ve scored but now our focus in training in the next couple of weeks is cutting out the errors we made in-front of goal.”
The Reds face one more pre-season tie next week before their 2020-21 campaign officially kicks-off on the 20th of September and Cook states his side are in the right shape heading into the new season.
Cook said: “We’re right where we need to be now going into the final two weeks of pre-season. During the first two weeks of us being back together I questioned if the season was coming around too fast for us but massive credit to the girls, they’ve kicked on and made sure we’re in a good place.
“So, hopefully we have another strong test against Norwich next week and then we’ll be ready to properly kick on, on the 20th.”