Antonio may not have got on the scoresheet in Forest's 2-2 draw with Brentford on Monday, but his performance still impressed the Bees' boss.
With Forest looking to keep men behind the ball and frustrate their opponents, Antonio's role for the Reds was crucial and he was their main attacking outlet throughout the match.
His pace offered Forest a way to get out and Warburton believed that the powerful winger troubled his Bees team.
“Antonio is a dangerous outlet, he is physically strong and a good quality player," Warburton said.
“They sat men behind the ball and defended well, teams will come here and do that and we have to show quality to break them down.
"Forest had a game plan, they defended well with real resilience. The 'keeper made one or two fine saves. We knew the threat, we got ourselves in to a hole and got out of it."
It is not the first time that Antonio has earned praise from an opposition manager this season and it is testament to his ability that he is attracting attention on such regular occasions.
The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals for Forest this campaign and he also leads their assist charts, making him an obvious weapon.
The Reds will now be looking to keep hold of Antonio, as they look to start building towards next season, where they will be aiming to mount a serious promotion challenge.