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Cohen raring to go

3 May 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen is desperate to get on the pitch and help The Reds secure Championship safety against Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Cohen says it is probably the most important match in his Forest career and he is keen to get out on the pitch at The City Ground and get the job done.

He said: “Everyone is excited, nervous and feeling every emotion really. We can’t wait for it to come now and with all the waiting around it is going to be a long week. We can’t wait to get out there and get the job done. 

“That is our job; we have been set the target by the manager and we are going to be prepared perfectly. It boils down to 11 or 14 players proving that they are better than an Ipswich side that comes here with not a lot to play for, which sometimes isn’t a good thing. It is up to us to go and do a job and show that we are big enough and brave enough to do it.

“It is probably as important, if not the most important game of my Forest career. I have never had a relegation in my career and lots of the lads are in the same boat and some of the lads that have experienced it have spoken about how it is not something you want on your CV and not something you want for the football club or the supporters. 

“No one deserves it and it is up to us to make sure it doesn’t happen. We have to do the interviews and everything before but it is about doing the job on the pitch and we can’t wait to get out there.”

The 30-year-old added that the focus will be on their own performance only and not to pay attention to the results involving Blackburn or Birmingham.

He said: “We won’t think about anyone else until the last ten or 15 minutes in case we need to do something out of the ordinary and either look after a lead or a draw or get an extra goal. In general, we just have to worry about ourselves, win the game of football and hopefully everything else will take care of itself. 

“They will come here with no weight on their shoulders and no pressure to deal with and they will prove a hard test. Mick McCarthy’s teams have always been tough tests and we never really have high-scoring games against them. We know what we are capable of and what we can do against good sides and we need to prove we are better than them.

“We need to be brave. That means taking the ball and knowing what your skills are, that is what we need to do. We need to go out there and do the things we have done against Huddersfield and Reading in recent weeks; we know we can do it but it is about replicating it on a bigger stage.

“The fans will be crucial. They are always great and they always give us their all but we have to give them something to shout about. We have to set a tempo, especially at home, make some big tackles, some good passes and getting goals early would be great. We need to set the tempo early to get the fans behind us and not worry about what is happening at other places.”

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