Chris Cohen: Nottingham Forest's players must perform better, regardless of what happens off the pitch
NOTTINGHAM Forest's players owe it to the fans to address their dip in form, regardless of what happens off the pitch.
That was the message from Chris Cohen, who says a disappointing January transfer window, nor speculation over the future of manager Alex McLeish, do not excuse a run of just one win in seven matches.
McLeish spent the weekend considering his future following a frustrating deadline day that saw moves for three players collapse.
The manager took training as normal yesterday, suggesting he is willing to wait to see if he is backed when the loan window opens on Friday.
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While McLeish made his feelings public by refusing to comment on his future following the defeat against Birmingham, Cohen believes the whole club has been left frustrated by the failure to add new faces on deadline day.
But, tellingly, Cohen also insists the existing squad should be performing better than they are.
"The people we feel most sorry for are the fans," said Cohen.
"The owners wanted players to come in, the manager wanted players to come in and us, as players, wanted to see new faces.
"Everyone wanted the same thing, but the ones who probably suffer the most are the fans. They are the ones who pay good money to travel all over the country to see us.
"And they were superb again at Birmingham. When you are 2-0 down it is easy for fans to turn on you, but they didn't, they kept right behind us until the final whistle.
"We are very appreciative of that, but we need to give them something more to cheer about. We need to repay them for their backing by giving them something to smile about."
A familiar face, in Sean O'Driscoll, will be hoping to return to haunt Forest this weekend, when they travel to face Bristol City.
"It is a massive game for us, given the run we are on," said Cohen. "Bristol lost to Blackburn and they will want to bounce back.
"Sean knows how we work, he knows our strengths and we know how he likes to work.
"I don't think tactics will decide it, It will be down to who plays better on the day. We have to make sure it is us. We have to make something happen. As I said, we want to give the fans something to smile about."