Chris Cohen: Nottingham Forest could deal mental blow to rivals by beating Wolves
CHRIS Cohen believes Nottingham Forest can take a huge mental step by climbing up into the top six this weekend – even if it only proves to be for a few days.
The Reds could overtake Brighton if they slip up at Bolton and Billy Davies' side claim three points against Wolves at the City Ground today.
Gus Poyet's side still hold the advantage of having a game in hand on the Reds, which they play at Barnsley on Tuesday.
But Cohen is convinced that, even if it was only for a few days, climbing up into the play-off places – and above the Seagulls – could be a significant moment for Forest, following their remarkable upturn in form.
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"A lot of football is mental and, mentally, for us, going up into the top six would be important for us, even if it was just for a short space of time," said Cohen, who also warns Forest can take nothing for granted against Wolves today.
"For them (Brighton) to look at us and see that we are on a run, they might think that we have a chance. It is an opportunity we have to take.
"We are not getting ahead of ourselves or thinking too much about what we have done, because there is much work still to do.
"But you have to enjoy things as well, when they are good.
"We might win the next game, we have to believe that we will. We have to be positive."
Forest have won four games on the spin heading into the visit of Wolves this afternoon.
But Cohen insists there will be no complacency in their ranks as they come up against a side fighting for survival at the opposite end of the Championship table.
"We know that, the better you do, the more teams will up their game against you," he said.
"In the past we had lots of teams who would come to the City Ground and raise their game.
"Look at how many times we got a 1-0 here in the past.
"We know that, when you are playing well, teams do have a defensive mind-set against you and they can be tough to break down.
"That was certainly the case against Ipswich on Tuesday.
"But, if we play well, if we play to our best, we will back ourselves to win the game.
"We have to make sure we are at our best, however."