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Michail up to the challenge

26 October 2014

Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio says he’s going to have to get used to other Sky Bet Championship teams trying to stop him.

The 24-year-old scored twice as The Reds drew 2-2 with Watford on Tuesday night but couldn't hit the same heights against Blackburn yesterday as his side slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

Speaking to Forest Player after the game, he said: “Teams are going to come here and because I’m a player that can affect the game they’re going to stop me.”

Antonio was up against Rovers’ Alex Baptiste and the winger admitted he was a tough opponent.

“I think Baptiste’s aim was just to stand on me. You didn’t really see him moving with the defence, he just stayed as tight as he could on me and it looks like it worked.

“Blackburn’s game plan was to come here, get tight, get in our faces and it worked for them.”

Antonio has had a hand in 13 of Forest’s league goals this term and is hopeful that they can get back to winning ways at Huddersfield next Saturday.

He said: “We’re very disappointed but hopefully we can come back next week, follow through, and show what we can do.

“We’re not getting wins, we just can’t get the three points that we want. As soon as we get one win again we feel like we'll be back in a good position.”

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