Kenny Burns: Everyone at Nottingham Forest needs to follow Cohen's tireless example
CHRIS Cohen was handed the captain's armband and asked to play out of position at left-back on Saturday, in Billy Davies' first game back in charge of Nottingham Forest.
And Cohen brings all the attributes to the Forest team that Davies will be looking for.
We all know left-back is not the midfielder's cup of tea and he was asked to do it on numerous occasions during Davies' first spell as manager of the Reds.
But the fact is, he does it and gets on with the job and performs a role for the sake of the team.
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At the weekend, he had that blunder where his back pass put Bolton striker Kevin Davies clean through but Cohen's blushes were spared thanks to goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Even after his mistake, you heard the City Ground faithful chant his name, getting behind him.
And that is because Cohen brings an honesty to his game. He might not be as technically gifted as some players but he will never let you down when it comes to commitment.
It is his honesty and tireless effort that gets him through and although he made that error, you cannot point a finger at him because he gets through more work than say six other players do when all put together.
And, that aside, he had a solid game at left-back at the weekend, a real captain's performance.
You forget he is still just 25, yet has played over 200 games for Forest since joining from Yeovil. And it is players like Cohen who Davies knows he can put his full trust in, whether he asks him to play in midfield, at left-back or even in goal.
If every player followed his example when it comes to passion, work-rate and honesty, Forest would be a force to be reckoned with, probably flying high at the top.