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Cox reacts after victory in third pre-season work-out

22 August 2020

First team manager Neil Cox has provided reaction to his side's 1-0 behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly win over Nottingham Forest Under-23s on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was secured through John McAtee's rifled effort early in the second-half, which came following a good team move involving Frank Vincent, Jordan Hallam and Aaron Jarvis.

Cox said afterwards: "That was a good work-out for us. Nottingham Forest are usually a strong side and have some good kids. They put us under a lot of pressure in the first-half and defended quite well.

"We looked strong, we looked fit and played better in the second-half when we got a bit more organised around the way they were playing.

"Keeping a clean sheet too is good for not only the goalkeeper but the back four as well. Clean sheets are about the whole team and the front two have to work hard to start defending from the front, and that's what they did.

"We have a young squad and that's the way we're going to go, but they're learning on the job and have to learn quickly because the season is getting nearer. There are going to be loads of games and everybody will be needed.

"I keep pushing the boys harder and harder because we want them to be super-fit and organised. We need to keep the ball better in the right areas and will be doing a lot of work on that this week too."

The next behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly match is away at League One side Lincoln City on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) and is a game supporters can watch live for £5 via a link we'll make available on our website nearer the time of the game.

Cox said: "We go away to Lincoln on Tuesday, which will be a tough test for us, and some of the boys need to play 90 minutes there.

"Lincoln will be good this year and there are a lot of things to work on. It's a different environment and we need to make sure we do everything right in terms of COVID and do the right things too."

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