NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Cohen respects Jimmy but wants Forest to KO QPR

Chris Cohen
Chris Cohen

Chris Cohen insists there is no room for sentiment when he comes up against Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink on Saturday.

The Nottingham Forest midfielder is set to be in the squad for the FA Cup third round clash with Hasslebaink’s QPR.

Hasslebaink was on the coaching staff at the City Ground for 18 months earlier in his career before going on to forge a name for himself as a manager at Burton and now Rangers.

Choen says his relationship with the Dutchman is good - but that he wants a Forest victory and a place in round four.

He said: “I got on very well with Jimmy, the QPR manager, when he was here.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“He was a nice guy, a good coach and just knew his stuff.

“I was happy to see him doing so well at Burton.

“He has to win games of football now at a club where they demand you do exactly that.

“He will be desperate to get one over on us.

“But we will be desperate to keep this unbeaten run going.”

On a personal level Cohen, 28, is just happy to be back playing and insists he rarely thinks about the injury problems that have stalked him over the past few years.

He added: “When I play there is no fear, I just concentrate on things, particularly when it comes to playing at left-back, because I love getting forward, but need to focus on the defensive side of things.

“I don’t think about anything else.

“I think about playing as well as I possibly can and little else.

“If it (injury) happens again, it happens.

“There is nothing I can do about it.”