Steve Hodge has heaped praise on Taiwo Awoniyi after the Nottingham Forest striker made it nine goals in seven games. The Reds were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United at Old Trafford after a somewhat controversial second half.

The man who served Forest with distinction as a player was on co-commentary duties for BBC Radio Nottingham. He lauded Awoniyi post-match after the striker bagged another impressive goal.

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The 26-year-old has been in fine form since the back end of last season. He showcased unbelievable strength to race through after just two minutes and put Forest into an unlikely lead.

Forest scored again moments later when Willy Boly scored. Goals from Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes saw United claim the three points from the clash though, with the last goal proving to be a contentious penalty decision.

Hodge was very impressed with Awoniyi for his efforts. The joy was clear after the player had scored, with the man who used to play for Forest going ballistic live on air.

After the game, Hodge said about Awoniyi’s performance: “Absolutely extraordinary. He’s been so good but I thought he was going to take too long.

“The defender was getting back and in the end, he’s done something really clever. It’s really clever forward play because he almost just waits and then sticks it in the net.”

Hodge lauds Forest star Awoniyi

The player really is a man on a mission at the moment. Awoniyi scored for the seventh successive game in the Premier League and he is eyeing Jamie Vardy’s record of successive games he’s scored in.

Awoniyi is a powerful striker and his brute strength was evident during the game against United. On another day he might have scored more and he will now be eyeing the chance to better the 11 he scored last season.

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Hodge was seriously impressed with Awoniyi. The Reds striker put in a real shift and Forest have unearthed a real gem by signing him from Union Berlin for just £17 million.

It wasn’t to be for Forest today. With Awoniyi spearheading the attack, however, the Reds will hope there are better days to come on the road in the future.

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