Lichaj names the Nottingham Forest star he thinks other sides are terrified of

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Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj has piled the praise onto teammate Michail Antonio.

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj has explained to the club’s website he feels sides are scared of attacking star Michail Antonio.

Antonio has the ability to turn games on his own and he’s been a key feature of the Forest attack under manager Dougie Freedman.

Lichaj has also explained how Forest try to utilise him and get him into positions where he can play to maximum effect against the opposition.

“Opponents are probably scared of him. I’m pretty sure they’ve thrown two men on him, sometimes three, trying to shield him,” said Lichaj.

“We usually try to isolate him and get him 1v1 out wide where he can do his thing. And he showed that on two occasions, getting an assist and a goal.”

Antonio’s best qualities are his bursts of pace and the way he can utilise that to get the better of most defenders in one against one situations.

He sometimes looks as though he’s extremely fatigued in big games before producing bursts of energy, which demonstrate why he’s so dangerous in the opponent’s final third for Forest.

What Freedman has to try and do is maintain that aura and fear factor surrounding the player, ensuring that his teammates continue to back him up and create situations similar to the one Lichaj suggests.

He has 12 goals and 11 assists in Championship football so far this season and his side will need those tallies to improve if they’re to fly into a top six position.

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