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Another win would be massive

13 April 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen says a win against Blackburn on Good Friday would give The Reds a healthy advantage in the relegation fight.

Another three points to add to the win over Huddersfield on Saturday would see Forest sitting eight points above their opponents who occupy the final relegation spot, and Cohen said the players are aware of the importance of the game.

He said: “It is a massive game. With the position we have been able to put ourselves in with last week’s victory, it is a huge game but wounded animals are probably the most dangerous. They come here with good players and most people would be surprised to see them down there, but if we play the way we did on Saturday we can move eight points clear with four games to go which is a healthy advantage. 

“At times this season we have felt like we have turned a corner then we run straight into a brick wall. The biggest thing we have been saying this week is let’s not let that happen again. Blackburn have got some good players and a manager that knows the division but at the same time we have got to be confident after Saturday and the way we have played since the new manager has come in.”

Cohen feels The Reds are turning a corner under Mark Warburton, mainly due to the way the manager simplifies his instructions and this has made it easier for the players to adapt and carry out instructions on the pitch.

He said: “Because of the game on Tuesday [against Wolves] we only found out about the three-defender formation 48 or 24 hours before the Huddersfield game. The manager really simplifies things and makes it really easy for us as individuals and as a team to understand what he wants from us. He doesn’t leave any grey areas and if there are mistakes we know who is at fault. You can’t hide with or without the ball and the signs have been good but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t carry it on until the end of the season.

“We have been saying it all season, and it feels like I have been saying it for years, but we have good players and we know what we are capable of. It feels different this time and with the general feeling around the club, it feels like the club is in the position to go and push on. These are just words until we are safe and the manager can have a good pre-season. Every manager needs to be judged after having a full pre-season to implement his style and the players he wants to bring in. We need to finish the job to give us a base to push on next season. 

“We don’t want any last day feeling of we need a point or win to stay up. This weekend is a perfect opportunity to go out and create our own future rather than worrying about what other teams are doing. If we win on Friday and get a positive result on Monday, we are almost there. We need to play with steady heads and play with a calmness we have seen in three out of the four games [under Mark].”

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