Cohen relishing a first trip back to Nottingham Forest with Luton

Ex-midfielder makes his return to the City Ground

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:17 am
Town first team coach Chris Cohen

Luton first team coach Chris Cohen is relishing his first trip back to the City Ground this evening when the Hatters take on his former club Nottingham Forest.

Cohen spent 13 years with the Reds after signing from Yeovil in 2007, playing over 300 games for the Reds, while also captaining the former European Cup winners too.

Injury forced the midfielder to hang his boots up aged just 31 in 2018 as he was then appointed U23s coach, spending two years with the academy, before moving to Kenilworth Road in September.

Chris Cohen during his time with Nottingham Forest

On his first return to the club tonight, Cohen said: “We played them in the home game but it is very different going away and back to the City Ground where I had loads of good memories.

“It is a bit of a stereotypical thing to say but the only thing that matters until after the whistle is us trying to get more points and build on Saturday’s performance.

“After that, it would be lovely to catch up with some people and see a few friendly faces.

“My time there was brilliant, 13 years, 11 as a player and two as a coach in the academy, so I had an amazing time.

“It’s a great football club, steeped in history and hopefully one day it will get back to where the fans deserve it to be.

"It will be great going back and seeing people, but that will probably be after the game more than prior where we’ll be concentrating on the job in hand.”

On the game itself, Cohen knows Forest will be a tough proposition for his side, especially after they have picked in recent weeks, with just one defeat in eight games.

However, Town themselves will be boosted following a stunning comeback victory on Saturday as they turned a 2-0 half time deficit against Sheffield Wednesday into a 3-2 triumph.

Cohen added: “It’s a great game for us, coming off the back of Saturday it becomes a real opportunity for us to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“We know the qualities they’ve got in term of the threats going forward and the good players they've got throughout their team but we’re on a bit of a high from Saturday, so we go there with a real positive attitude.

“It will be nice to go back and see people, but at the end of the day my job is here now and we go there looking to pick up some points.”