Although Sam Allardyce's decision to field a much-changed side and the subsequent heavy defeat they suffered is the focus of much attention, Paterson also has his moment in the spotlight after a stand-out performance in which he won the penalty which set Forest on their way before a 14 minute blitz after the break earned him the match ball.
Captain Andy Reid attempted to keep Paterson's feet on the ground in their post-match ITV interview and manager Billy Davies did the same when talking to the press afterwards.
"Jamie is a fantastic young talent and can play in a number of positions.
"But he has a great personality and is a single, young player who can get up to a lot of tricks. We've pinned him down in a nice flat and made sure he's behaving."
It's back to Championship action (and surely a tougher test than West Ham provided) when the Reds travel to face Bolton Wanderers at the weekend while the Reds youngsters finally get to play their FA Youth Cup 3rd Round tie against Charlton Athletic at the City Ground on Friday night at 7pm.