No more 'get out of jail cards' for Nottingham Forest, says Chris Cohen
CHRIS Cohen warned Nottingham Forest they have now used their one 'get out of jail card' – and must improve their performance levels if they want to forge a promotion push.
The long-serving midfielder admits the Reds were fortunate to return from Leicester City with a point, after producing a below-par display at the King Power Stadium.
The 25-year-old knows Forest must find some consistency, following an up-and-down few weeks, if they are to climb back into the top six.
"In the last three games we have only had one good performance, against Middlesbrough, which is not promotion form," Cohen said.
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"We know we have to be more consistent. There is a long way to go and it might take a while for the team to gel still. But we cannot make excuses – the fact is we need to be better.
"It is nice to come away with a point from such a tough place. But we do feel like we lost the game, because we did not perform well enough as individuals or collectively as a team.
"We have been unbeaten in two games against two very good sides, which we can take encouragement from. But we cannot forget the fact that we can play a lot, lot better than we did against Leicester.
"We are not doing too badly, but we need to perform better. We have to improve."
Forest face two of the division's strugglers in the next three games, with Sheffield Wednesday visiting this weekend and – following a tough trip to Wolves – a journey to Ipswich on the horizon beyond that.
"Now we have a few games that we might see as being winnable. But, as the Millwall game proved, you cannot take anything for granted," said Cohen.
"We won't do that against Sheffield Wednesday, even though they are a team fighting for their lives.
"We will have had a week to prepare by the time the game comes around and we have to make sure we are ready for it.
"We were lucky to get away with our performance at Leicester, because we did not move the ball well enough or create enough.
"We just produced too many sloppy passes and you cannot afford for that to happen with the way we play.
"It is important we keep the ball to progress up the pitch. We did defend brilliantly, but we need to be better on the ball.
"We nicked a point, but we need to improve in the future."