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Nottingham Forest Ladies v Manchester City Women - Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round

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Lasses Fan Focus: Forest fan Ryan looks ahead to Sunderland friendly today

The Lasses return to Eppleton today ahead of the new season to take on Nottingham Forest of the Women’s National League. We asked Forest fan Ryan Johnstone to tell us all about his team and what Sunderland can expect.

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Roker Report: Thanks for speaking with us, Ryan. How long have you been following Nottingham Forest Women and what first got you into following the side?

Ryan Johnstone: I have been supporting forest women for years now and for me it’s the best choice I made - it’s brilliant to go support the team at Eastwood and the away games I can go to.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Women v Nottingham Forest Women FC - FAWNL Northern Premier Division Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

RR: We noticed you beat Newcastle the other week. How’s pre-season preparations been going?

RJ: It was a fantastic result against a very good Newcastle United side - pre season has been brilliant so far and with Sunderland coming up it will be a very good test.

RR: Forest seem to have some really talented youngsters at the club, who should we be looking out for on Sunday?

RJ: We have some really good talent, Olivia Cook and Mai Moncaster are two brilliant players.

RR: The FA Cup game last season against Manchester City attracted a big crowd of almost 4,000 to the City Ground. Are you expecting attendances this season to increase along with the increase in interest in the women’s game more generally?

RJ: The FA cup game was brilliant. It was great to see how many fans came along and I’m expecting bigger crowds this season at the city ground especially after the lionesses victory. Now, with other clubs getting more season ticket sales, hopefully Forest can’t also benefit from that momentum.

Nottingham Forest Ladies v Manchester City Women - Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round
Manchester City’s Demi Stokes, Alex Greenwood and Janine Beckie before the match between Nottingham Forest Women and Manchester City Women at City Ground on January 29, 2022 in Nottingham, England.
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RR: The National League Premier divisions both look really strong once again this season. You finished fifth last time around, what are your hopes and expectations ahead of the new campaign?

RJ: I’m expecting a very good season this year - we have added some very good experience and very good young players from the WSL, witch can help is to go on to win the league and some trophies - including holding onto the County cup and the Plate final, and hopefully much more with this incredible team we have.

RR: What do you think Andy Cook will want to see from his side against Sunderland today?

RJ: Andy Cook will want us to do well again this season, especially after the few years before last when the season got called off twice due to Covid. Andy is a very good manger and he deserves to go to the very top, for me he’s the best manger in the league and had managed some very top talent so far in his career.

Nottingham Forest Ladies v Manchester City Women - Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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