Karl Darlow has proved he can fill the void left by Lee Camp at Nottingham Forest, says Chris Cohen
KARL Darlow has already proved he can be the next Lee Camp at Nottingham Forest.
The rookie keeper had some huge shoes to fill when he was handed his first-team chance following the departure of the unsettled Camp, on a free transfer, in January.
But Chris Cohen believes the impact Darlow has made in the 11 games he has played so far have already established his credentials as the long-term first-choice keeper.
Darlow has kept three clean sheets in the last four games and was close to keeping out Wolves' only goal at the City Ground on Saturday, when he almost clawed away a header from Matt Doherty.
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And Cohen, who has been a regular in front of Darlow in the Forest back four, has been impressed by his confidence.
"I said how good he could be from the start. I believed he could be as good as Campy has been for us," said Cohen. "The one question mark over a keeper who has not played a lot of first-team football is always over 'can he come and collect crosses?'.
"You can't really prepare for that too much in training, because it is not the same.
"Over the last few games Karl has been fantastic. He has probably had more of that to do than he has had shots to save.
"We all know what a great shot stopper he is, because we have seen it in training.
"The thing that has impressed the lads the most has been how he has handled himself under pressure. The Hillsborough game was the prime example, when he was coming for crosses and being commanding."
Cohen admits it was always going to be a baptism of fire for the 22-year-old, who had only gained first-team experience during loan spells with Walsall and Newport County.
"Nobody knows how they are going to cope with pressure until they are in the spotlight," said Cohen.
"The experience at Walsall will have helped him. But the big game at Wednesday, with so many people there and with the television cameras as well, he was a big presence.
"That makes me think I was right when I spoke about what a good career he could have."