Chris Cohen hopes a tough run in can work in Nottingham Forest's favour
CHRIS Cohen hopes Nottingham Forest's tough run-in can aid their hopes of making a late push for the top six.
The midfielder, who could hold on to the captain's armband when Huddersfield Town visit the City Ground tonight, admits the fixture list could have been kinder to Billy Davies' side.
But he also believes it could yet work in Forest's favour.
With teams as far down the table as 15th-placed Charlton trailing sixth-placed Middlesbrough by ten points, there are as many as ten sides who will feel they still have an outside chance of claiming a play-off place in the Championship, if they can build a good run of form in their final games.
With 14 fixtures left, Cohen says the Reds must be ambitious with their own targets.
And he believes the fact they are still to face nine sides with lingering aspirations of their own can help them, because it provides them with the opportunity to take points from their rivals.
"The run in might work in our favour, because we are playing many of the teams around us," said Cohen.
"We can take points off them and be better off for it, rather than being up against the teams at the bottom end of the table.
"You never know what might happen, we just have to try to win every game we play between now and the end of the season and see where that takes us.
"We have to look at the positives, but we are probably looking at one spot available in the play-offs and there are six or seven teams who will feel they have a chance of grabbing it.
"We will be waiting for Middlesbrough to slip up and we know that it is a big ask, as we are eight points behind with 14 games to play.
"But it is possible."
Cohen says Forest's priority must be to find the run of good form that has eluded them all season, as they head into a run in that includes games against leaders Cardiff City and second-placed Hull City, as well as top-six sides Leicester City and Middlesbrough.
"The most important thing is that we are finally consistent," added Cohen.
"We have to string together some positive results and that has to start now.
"Huddersfield are a decent side, but they have been struggling.
"A win would get us moving in the right direction."
Cohen was asked to play at left-back on Saturday for the 1-1 draw with Bolton – and was also made skipper, with Danny Collins having been relegated to the bench.
"The manager pulled me to one side and told me he was going to play me there. I am just happy to be in the side," he said.
"If that is where the manager would like me to play. I honestly don't mind.
"In the long term, I don't think I will have the armband. I am not sure what the manager's plans are, but Danny has been a really good captain for us this season, through difficult times.
"But I was happy to have it and any time I get it again in the future will be a very proud moment for me."