There was a montage doing the rounds courtesy of Sky Bet on Twitter recently which featured some moments of brilliance from ex-Nottingham Forest player Chris Cohen.

It featured decent goals against Doncaster Rovers, MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Blackpool in the play-offs.

The footage also showcased some robust challenges, pin-point passes and all-round good player.

Amidst all of that brilliance, however, there was one moment that as I watched it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

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His goal to put Forest 2-0 up on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign against Ipswich Town is still the one that comes out on top over any of his other strikes.

Cohen told me last year during an interview that it was his ‘defining moment’ in a red shirt and it’s hard to disagree with the notion.

His goal was a left-footed shot which took a slight deflection on the way through, allowing it to ripple the net beyond stranded Bartosz Bialkowski.

Cohen’s celebration epitomised the man. He ran straight to the dugout, to celebrate with his gaffer in front of the Main Stand, ‘You beauty’ was the cry, with another word in the middle for good measure!

Nerves

Forest needed to beat Ipswich in order to stay in the Championship. A win by two or more goals and they wouldn’t be relegated on goal difference either.

I always remember the day, Blackburn raced into a 2-0 lead at Brentford and with the City Ground score goalless, the Reds were going down.

Jordan Smith deserves a lot of credit for his heroics that day. His save at 0-0 from Kayden Jackson, ensured Forest could continue searching for a foothold in the game.

Had Forest conceded then, I really don’t think we’d have come back.

 

News had already filtered through that Blackburn were in front at Griffin Park and I think the pressure would have told.

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Smith’s save was the catalyst for Forest to buck their ideas up and when Britt Assombalonga scored from the spot, the nerves were eased a little.

Another goal was needed though. With Rovers in front, the Reds still sat inside the drop zone.

After the first goal, Ipswich had folded like a cheap deck chair in all honesty and Forest were constantly knocking on the door.

Cohen’s goal appeared to reach the net in slow motion but boy what a roar when it did reach.

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If ever you wanted a man to effectively be the player to keep Forest in the Championship, it was Cohen.

You could just tell from that moment that Mark Warburton’s men wouldn’t be relegated and a 3-0 win was confirmed by Assombalonga.

The debate will rumble on for years to come as to whether Cohen is a City Ground legend.

When I was fortunate enough to sit down with him last year, he wasn’t comfortable with that suggestion.

“For a club of Forest’s size to be considered a legend, when I didn’t win a promotion to the Premier League, doesn’t really sit right with me”, was Cohen’s thoughts on the claim from some supporters.

Hero

A certain generation of supporters haven’t seen too many good times, however, and the League One promotion might the only season of success they have witnessed.

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Cohen played 303 times for Forest and that was despite suffering three knee ligament injuries, each of which kept him out for the best part of a year.

He would have comfortably played in the top-flight with or without Forest had the injuries not struck when they did.

Cohen was consistent, a model professional and whether he’s considered a legend or not, he deserves the utmost respect for the service he gave to the football club.

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