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Relief as Cox ends drought

SIMON COX admitted that his goal on the final day of the Championship season was a weight off his shoulders as the Ireland international ended a 26-game goal drought with Nottingham Forest, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Forest finished the season on a losing note, going down 3-2 to Leicester, despite taking an early lead through Cox's goal, in a result that ended all hopes of a play-off place for the side.

But it was a plus for Cox that he managed to get on the scoresheet for the first time since November.

"I chipped in with a few more assists than I might have expected and five or six goals on top of that. It is not a great season, scoring wise, but in terms of being a team player, I am happy with what I have contributed," said Cox.

"I enjoyed it, because it was a massive weight off my shoulders. Leicester are clearly my team, if you look at my record. I have a good record of scoring against them.

"If I could play them every week, I would be very happy. I was trying to get a goal for a lot of games, but it was not to be.

"I could sense that it was going to be against Leicester. Just on the basis that, whenever I play them, I seem to score," added Cox

O'Sullivan's debut

IRELAND U21 cap John O'Sullivan finished the season on a high after he was handed his first team debut with Blackburn Rovers.

The Dublin-born midfielder has been at Ewood Park for four seasons but he had to wait until Saturday's clash with Birmingham City for his first taste of action, boss Gary Bowyer throwing on 19-year-old O'Sullivan for the last 15 minutes of a 1-1 draw.