His first strike came from a moment of individual brilliance, as he charged down the wing before cutting in and placing the ball past Heurelho Gomes in the Watford net, while the second - a header - was much more fortuitous, with the ball appearing to go out of play before Chris Burke’s cross was powered into the back of the net. However, the desire to continue playing despite a seemingly poor refereeing decision meant that the Reds took advantage of the uproar in the Watford ranks to equalise the game.
The Hornets were undoubtedly the better team on the night, controlling the game with ease, and it was Antonio’s performance - along with that of Karl Darlow in the Forest goal - which kept them in the game.
Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley shared similar thoughts, claiming that the character on show was worthy of a point against the form team in the division.
"When you go behind twice to a team who are probably in the best form they’ve been in this season, we’re delighted with a point,” he told the official Forest website.
“They’re a good side, but we’ve got good players as well and we were well worth a point tonight.
“We had a disappointing performance on Saturday but we don’t half show some character. In the last 15 minutes I thought we were the team that was going to win the game.”
The Reds will be looking to break their run of six games without victory when they host Blackburn on Saturday.