Steve Sutton praised Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson live on BBC Radio Nottingham and also offered the youngster some advice.
The Reds performer was in the mood as Forest thrashed Swansea 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.
Johnson scored the third goal, with Philip Zinckernagel, Lewis Grabban and Cafu all helping themselves to goals during the 90 minutes.
There was some controversy regarding Johnson. Some Swansea fans felt he went down too easily following a flashpoint with Flynn Downes in the second half.
The referee was having none of it though and former goalkeeper Sutton believes it’s a trait that Johnson needs to rid from his game.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham (11/12; 17:24): “He played well today, he worked really hard. He’s got to toughen up though.
“I don’t like to see players going over. He doesn’t need to do it. He’s too good of a player.
“It’s almost as though the referees aren’t giving them because he’s got form with it.”
Johnson is adding value at Forest all the time. He took his tally to four goals and four assists yesterday and has played in every game under Steve Cooper.
He is operating in a number of positions but wherever he plays he provides an exciting outlet and one that you can’t take your eyes off.
There is more to come from Johnson and supporters will hope he can be tied to a new deal in the coming weeks.
Exciting: Johnson is Forest star but Sutton is right
As good as Johnson is, the former goalkeeper does have a point.
It’s crystal clear that officials know all about Johnson and his ability to go down under the slightest contact in the box.
Ultimately, that is stopping him win penalties even when they are pretty obvious – see QPR away!
Cooper has worked tirelessly on the current squad and perhaps his next task is to get into the mind of Johnson.
The 20-year-old is capable of brilliance and he simply needs to maintain his focus on what he can do with the ball.
Johnson can be mesmerising in possession and his energy must be focused on goals and assists as Forest chase down a play-off place.