Chris' Sleepless Night!

Chris Cohen admits he has had better nights' sleep than he had on Friday - but is pleased to have made his full debut.

Chris replaced the injured Matthew Etherington on Saturday against Derby and admits that the nerves you feel knowing you are starting - as opposed to coming on as a substitute - are different.

"I found out I was playing on Friday; Mattie would obviously have played had he been fit, but he got injured in training, which is a big blow, because he has been one of the best players this season - if not the best.

"I didn't have the best night; I'm usually not a bad sleeper but I woke bolt upright and couldn't get to sleep for half an hour," he reveals.

"I was nervous before the game but once I was out there I just tried to forget and shut everything out, so I could help the team as best I could."

Chris acknowledges he can't replace Matthew like for like, as it were, and adds:

"I just got told to go in there and try as hard as I can.

"I wasn't playing quite the same role - I was not as far forward as Mattie plays, because I haven't got the skill and pace that he has got and I was just trying to tuck in a bit more."

It was a huge responsibility Chris faced, replacing a crowd favourite, but he seemed to relish it.

"The crowd seem to love him, and he has been on fire recently - especially with the hat trick against Wimbledon and a winner against Gillingham," says Chris.

"I just had to try and take my opportunity - but I know as soon as he is fit, he will be playing, and then I will have to be as good a reserve as I can be."

Chris' full debut was nearly a fairytale for the 17 year old as a stinging shot of his fizzed just past the post in the first half.

He says modestly:

"I was lucky to get it that close because sometimes they go into row Z!

"I saw it again on the screen, and it was close."

He admits it was not the perfect performance against Derby and adds:

"I think we played quite well in the first half and had a few chances - I hit a shot which just went past the post and Connors had a couple of chances, but we couldn't quite stick them away.

"In the second half, although we did try, it just didn't come for us, which is disappointing - but it is still a point and that is better than nothing.

"We didn't create as much after the break but it wasn't through the lack of trying, and we are still in there with a great chance of the play-offs.

"It was good to be involved, and it is a bit of a blur at the moment because everything has just come so quickly - I just have to cope with it as well as I can."

The evidence is that Chris will have no problem doing that...