Cohen scoops Feb award
Chris Cohen has beaten off stiff competition to land the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for February.
Last Updated: 03/03/10 12:58pm
Nottingham Forest's Chris Cohen has beaten off the challenge of the likes of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley, West Brom's Graham Dorrans and his Baggies' teammate Roman Bednar to land the PFA Championship Fans' Player of the Month award for February.
The 22-year-old began his career as a left back at West Ham but was converted to a midfielder during a loan spell to Yeovil in 2005. That successful stint with the Somerset outfit led to a permanent move to Huish Park in 2006, before switching to Nottingham Forest 12 months later.
He has been a key performer for the Tricky Trees over the last couple of years and last season he was voted the club's Player of the Year, earning him a new four-year deal.
That fine form has continued this season and earlier this month he scored the winning goal against Middlesbrough to make it nine wins on the bounce at the City Ground for Billy Davies' men.
Such a winning sequence on the banks of the river Trent has not been witnessed by Forest fans since the glory days under Brian Clough in the 1980s and there is a growing confidence that the club can secure a welcome return to the Premiership for the first time in over ten years.
And certainly Cohen is on a mission to help end a decade of misery for the Forest supporters. "There has been a lot of hurt here over the last few years and there is pressure on us," admitted Cohen.
"Forest were too big to be in League One but we are finally on an upward trail rather than a downward spiral. I am desperate to play at the top again."
And Cohen also praised Davies for being the driving force behind the team becoming promotion contenders. He added: "It does drive you when there he is on the touchline shouting and whistling like he does.
"And there have not been many times this season when he has been happy at half-time, either, whether we are winning or losing.
"He doesn't just pat us on the back and say 'well done for being 2-0 up'. He makes sure we are not going to make any mistakes or slip-ups that might let anyone back in the game."