Exclusive: Andy Cook – “We’re hoping to bounce back [against Maidstone].”

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere Rovers striker Andy Cook is hoping to “bounce back” against Maidstone United when the Super White’s make the long journey to the South-East club.

Rovers were on the wrong end of a clinical Macclesfield Town display on Tuesday which has left their National League title hopes in tatters.

Sitting second in the table pre-match, the defeat, as well as other results not going their way, means Tranmere head down South in sixth and seven points off the top of the table.

Four of the five teams above Rovers have a valuable game in hand and it puts pressure on Tranmere to perform going into the back of the season.

Cook is well aware of what Tuesday’s result meant but is already looking ahead to make amends.

“I know the other night weren’t great for us table wise, all the lads know how disappointing it is, it was a six pointer,” said Cook.

Andy Cook vs Bromley

Cook competing for the ball against Bromley

“But we’re hoping to bounce back [against Maidstone] and try and win every game and see what happens come the end of the season.”

Maidstone are one of three National League clubs, along with Sutton United and Bromley, to have an artificial pitch in place instead of a traditional grass pitch.

While having plastic cause’s off-field concerns in terms of promotion to the Football League and the regulations surrounding them, Cook has no such concerns when it comes to the business on field.

“I don’t think [the pitch is a problem],” said Cook.

“We proved it against Sutton before Christmas, they were right in the play-offs and we went there and beat them 3 – 1, so hopefully we’ll win down there.”

In the aforementioned Sutton fixture, Cook scored one of his 15 goals of the campaign during that match, the second time he has reached that figure in the last two seasons.

But for Cook, promotion is much more important than the amount of goals he scores.

“I haven’t quite reached my personal milestone, it’s obviously nice to keep getting the goals but my main thing is getting out of this league with Tranmere.”

The task of getting out of the National League for Rovers starts again on Saturday after the midweek set back.


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