Sky Sports pundit: This Forest star has become the club's main man since Assomablonga's injury

Andy Hinchcliffe believes that Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio has stepped up since Britt Assombalonga's injury.

Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has praised Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio on the FL72 Review programme.

Antonio scored Forest's second goal during their 2-0 midweek win over Rotherham United and Hinchcliffe was full of praise for the winger during his analysis of the match.

Hinchcliffe says that Antonio has become Forest's main man since Britt Assombalonga's injury and believes he has played a key role in helping Dougie Freedman turn around the side's fortunes.

"He's taken on the mantle, when Assombalonga picked up that injury, Anthonio seemed to say 'right, I'm going to have to do a bit more here,'" Hinchcliffe said.

"He's played generally in wide areas, but there's not many players - probably Antonio and [Wolverhampton Wanderers' Bakary] Sako - who can score goals like that [his goal against Rotherham], with a strong run and a really good finish.

"They're on an incredible run, Forest, and credit to Dougie [Freedman] on how he's turned things around."

Forest looked as if they might have been short of goals when Assomablonga picked up a serious knee injury, which will keep him out for 12 months (per the BBC), but they have actually improved in their key striker's absence.

The Reds have now won seven of their last nine games and have an outside chance of making it into the play-off places on the back of their brilliant form.

At the moment Forest are eight points away from the top-six, but if they keep winning with their current regularity then they stand a chance of mounting a late promotion charge.

Crucial to this will be Antonio's form. The powerful winger may be slightly unorthodox, but he has proved to be a major threat throughout the season and his return of 13 goals in 41 matches is very impressive.

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