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Inside Story: Steve Cook on celebration ideas, Goals on Sunday and facing Man City at 17

Posted: Fri 18 Mar 2016
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There's a picture doing the rounds at the moment of Smithy giving me a big old kiss when I scored against Swansea!

To be honest, I don't remember it at all! I didn’t really know what to do or what was happening around me - I was completely lost in the moment.

That said, I scored the week before against Southampton so maybe I should start planning these things a bit better! The Southampton celebration was more fluent than my Swansea effort, as well – I was pleased with that knee side.

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After the result last weekend I travelled up and stayed in London on the Saturday evening as I had been asked to go on Goals on Sunday with Surs and Matty the next day.

That experience of being in the studio for the show was great, but probably more nerve-wracking than the actual match. I got there at about quarter to 10 and it worked out to be quite a long day, but equally a very enjoyable one.

I was in for a bit of a shock when I first arrived because I didn’t actually know it was live – so I was very nervous when I found that out! Ben Shephard and Kammy were great at keeping us relaxed, though.

We had a lot of football to get through and, as I said, it was a long time to be live for, but I watch it quite a lot so I kind of knew what to expect and felt like I grew into it.

Cook in 3
Coming up we have a tough run of fixtures against some very good teams - there's no denying that.

But I know all the lads are really looking forward to the challenge and trying to keep this good run of form going.

After Sunday's match we will be heading out to Dubai, as we did last year, for a training camp over the international break.

Last year we enjoyed a really tough training camp out there and came back flying, so hopefully we can replicate that again.

As well as the training, it’s another chance for us all to go away toegther and bond as a group even more.

After the international break we will welcome Manchester City to Vitality Stadium

I remember playing them with Brighton back in 2004 when they had just started spending a lot of money. I was only 17 but I can’t believe how quick the time has gone!

Cook in

That was a very different prospect. I came on towards the end and played right wing that night (I think!).

It was very daunting and I remember being very nervous, but it shows now, both personally and as a club, just how far we have come.

Now we’ll all be going into these kinds of games as equals – probably something I didn’t believe would ever happen back then.

And with the terrific support you have given us, both home and away, this season, we go into every game with the confidence that we can pick up maximum points.

That continues on Sunday at Tottenham - I looked forward to seeing you all there!
Supporters can relive Steve Cook's goals against Southampton and Swansea City by watching the game's extended highlights, here.