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17 August 2021



17 August 2021

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City manager Derek Adams was thrilled with his side’s “fantastic” performance - following their 4-1 victory over Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two. 

A perfect first-half hat-trick from forward Andy Cook and Niall Canavan’s first goal for the club earned City their second triumph in four days at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Adams was eager to praise his players for their performances and believes they could have scored even more on the evening. 

He said: “Every single player out there was fantastic. We knew we had to start fast and take the game to Stevenage, which we did. 

“Not only did we play some really good football, we also scored some great goals on the night. 

“In truth, with the number of chances we created, we could have scored even more. 

“Coming into the game, the main aim was to earn the three points, and we did it in some style, which was very pleasing.”

Adams also confessed his delight at seeing Cook score his first goals of the new season. 

The 30-year-old forward became the first City player to score a first-half hat-trick since Dean Windass in April 2000. 

He added: “Of course, it was great to see Andy do what he does best and score goals. 

“His all-round performance was superb and to see him top it off with a perfect hat-trick was great. 

“The fact his team-mates clapped him off the field tells you all you need to know.

“The partnership between him and Lee Angol has worked very well so far. At times, they have been unplayable.

“We now look ahead to Mansfield Town which will be another tough game, but we are going there in good spirits and can hopefully get another win.” 

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