Influential midfielder Chris Cohen has outlined exactly what he expects from his teammates when Forest clash with arch-rivals Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday (kick-off 1pm).The reverse fixture ended in defeat for The Reds and, with little separating the two sides in the table, Saturday’s match carries extra significance.
Cohen has history with this fixture – he picked up a serious knee injury against The Rams last season and made his long-awaited league return in September’s defeat at The City Ground.
But any worries of a recurrence will be furthest from his mind.
He said: “When it comes to Nottingham Forest versus Derby, especially the ones I have played in away from home, it usually goes the way of whichever side is prepared to roll up their sleeves and do the horrible stuff. We all need to be right at it from the first whistle.
“It’s a big game for both teams – if we win we go six points clear of Derby but, more importantly, closer to the playoffs. At the same time it’d be nice to give our supporters the bragging rights by pulling further away from them in the table.”
Captain Danny Collins was suspended for Saturday’s victory over Peterborough and Cohen was the man entrusted with the armband for only the second time in his Reds career.
He said: “It was a really big experience for me and one that I am very proud of. Obviously Danny is back from suspension this weekend so it was for one game only, but it was very enjoyable while it lasted.”
Click here to watch Cohen’s interview in full on Forest Player.