Cohen hopes for more appearances

Striker hopes Dover game isn’t a one off

STRIKER Gary Cohen hopes his appearance against Dover on Saturday isn’t a one off.

Cohen embarked on a new career with the ambulance service during the off season which meant he was unavailable for a majority of the club’s fixtures but with the former Grimsby man now settled in his new job he hopes to get back to helping the club out as and when he can.

“Work is good, I’m very busy I always seem to be at work and never have any days off but it is good,” Cohen told the Herts Advertiser.

“It was nice to come back here and get a game. I do miss it but unfortunately it is work that pays the bills.

“I’m hoping to make a least a couple of games. It just depends on when I’m working and where the games are. I’ll try my hardest and see what happens.”

Saturday’s game proved a difficult return for Cohen with Dover’s incisive attacking play helping them record a 5-1 win at the Park.

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Cohen got in 59 minutes in an unaccustomed left wing role before withdrawing from the action and the 27-year-old admitted Dover were too good.

“It was difficult, it’s hard coming in for the first time since the end of last season,” he said.

“I knew most of the players still and it was just hard. Dover played well moving about a lot and we found it difficult to keep up with them.

“As a team we just need to be a bit stronger. We’re not bad players and on our day I think we can beat anyone in this league, I just think it is a confidence thing. I think it’s there and once we get the confidence we can get the results and pull ourselves out of this situation.

“When you are down there the luck just seems to disappear and when you are up there you get all the luck in the world, it’s just the way football works.

“Sometimes you get decisions against you and it doesn’t help and you think everyone is against you but you just have to work through that.”

Despite being away from the club for nearly nine months Cohen says he has been staying in touch with events at Clarence Park and hopes that the Saints get a positive verdict on their appeal against the Football Association’s decision to dock them 10 points.

“I’ve been keeping up to date with everything that has been going on – the draws at the start of the season and the points deduction,” Cohen explained.

“Hopefully we’ll get those points back but we’ll have to wait and see.”