Simon Cox believes hard work will get him back on the goal trail at Nottingham Forest
SIMON Cox believes hard work will get him through his goal drought – and could propel Nottingham Forest into the promotion race.
The Reds striker has not netted in 16 appearances for club and country.
But his energy and work-rate have been integral as Forest registered back-to-back wins against Huddersfield and Charlton.
Manager Billy Davies has also singled out the Irish international for praise over his attitude.
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Cox, 25, admits his frustration at failing to find the net, but believes it is crucial the entire team maintain the levels of desire and commitment that have been instilled in them by the returning boss.
"It has been a frustrating few months for me, with not having scored," said Cox, whose last goal came from the penalty spot at Leicester in November.
"Thanks for reminding me about it! But I am taking it in my stride, I am not getting downhearted about it.
"I am convinced there is a goal coming around the corner for me.
"I will take an assist. If I am not scoring, I am happy to chip in with any other contribution I can make."
Cox believes the willingness of all Forest's front men to close down opposition defenders has been an important part of their revived form under Davies, which has seen them collect seven points from three games.
"If the lads up front are not scoring, the least he asks from us is that we give 100 per cent. I would like to think we have all given him that," said Cox, who currently finds himself battling for a first-team place in Forest's attack with Billy Sharp, Darius Henderson and Dexter Blackstock.
"I have played with all three of the other lads and they all have fantastic work-rate.
"And, whether we score or not, it is work-rate that is getting us results at the minute."
Whether they are involved in the starting XI or not, Cox believes every Forest player can have an important part to play in the final 12 games of the campaign.
"Confidence is massive for us. If we can keep that high, we will be better for it" said Cox.
"But it is not an 11 man game any more, it is about the entire squad.
"When the subs come on, they always do well. Even the lads who have been left out of the squad have been vital for us all season.
"We need everyone for the run in."