Nottingham Forest star Antonio can 'keep getting better', says coach

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Michail Antonio has started his Nottingham Forest career in incredible style.

The 24-year-old winger has seven goals and six assists to his name following his brace in Tuesday evening’s 2-2 draw at Watford.

He looks to be one of the signings of the summer, having transferred from Sheffield Wednesday for just £1.5 million, and his early season impact in Forest’s rise to prominence has endeared him to the Reds faithful.

He claimed the man of the match award on Tuesday for his display in the draw with promotion rivals Watford, equalising the game twice though a magnificent solo run from the midfield, and then a towering header from Chris Burke’s cross.

Having almost reached the tally enjoyed at his best season with the Owls, Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley is keen to see Antonio keep improving, with age still on his side.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Wigley said: "Whatever personal targets he might have had at the start of the season need to be adjusted now. We hope that he can contribute even more.

"We did not set him a target in the summer. His best return for a season was ten, I think, at Wednesday. He is already close to that.

"He will get better with age. I saw him at Reading as a kid and when he went on loan to Southampton. When he went back to Southampton, to play with Reading, he got a really good reception. At Wednesday he was a big favourite and he is going a long way towards making himself a favourite here."

Antonio’s start with Forest has only been eclipsed by that of fellow new boy Britt Assombalonga, who has nine goals in13 games this term, and Wigley believes that the pair are well suited to each other, having been signed at the same time.

"It helped that we signed him and Britt at the same time, because they already seem to be good buddies, they are close off the pitch,” he added.

"That will help both of them. You always worry about how players will settle in to a new club, but both of them have settled in very well."

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