Alex Mighten looks like the next big thing to emerge at Nottingham Forest and some comments from Chris Hughton should delight supporters.

The Reds youngster scored his first senior goal on Saturday, as Forest came from behind to claim a share of the spoils at Millwall.

It means Hughton’s team have taken four points from their last two games, with some light starting to appear at the end of a dark tunnel.

The last couple of months haven’t been great for Forest but in Mighten a player has emerged who has the ability to excite.

At 18, the tricky winger is just starting out at first-team level but in the last week, he has helped revive the club’s fortunes on the pitch.

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After Saturday’s game, the boss had some high praise for the youngster.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He’ll remember that. We needed it as well. I thought it was a fabulous goal.

“He’d gone from a quiet game, and maybe not being quite so productive, to that one moment.

“He sensed an opportunity from the long ball and it’s good to have players prepared to run in behind.


“It was a wonderful moment for him.”

How far can Mighten go?

Well, at 18 the world really is his oyster right now.

In the short-term he looks like quickly becoming an important player for Forest and long may that continue.

Mighten has started the last two games and arguably shown more in the way of excitement than any Forest winger so far this season.

Anthony Knockaert has a dynamite delivery still but these days doesn’t have the raw pace that Mighten possesses to beat a player.

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With that in mind – and the fact he brings balance with his right foot – it would seem the youngster will keep his place in the team.

Some supporters have criticised Hughton for failing to utilise Mighten before now but in the last week he’ll have learnt a lot.

The manager’s comments suggest he has been impressed with the youngster and that should delight supporters who will want to see him continue in the team.

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