I think it’s fair to say plenty of Nottingham Forest fans predicted what would happen today as we made the trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading.
If a defeat wasn’t predicted, it was certainly feared following the departure of manager Aitor Karanka earlier in the week and if the Leeds United match saw the players show they were backing the gaffer, this performance probably shows they miss him as well.
Three shots on target across the game and discipline went out the window as well as we saw red cards for both Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa. As Reading earnt their first win in eleven matches, down to nine men, the scoreline could’ve been higher.
Having taken advantage in the 23rd minute, a bad day was perfectly rounded off as Jack Robinson put through his own net to see the scoreline end 2-0.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, caretaker manager Simon Ireland said of the performance.
“It was impossible for the last 24 hours not to have had an effect on the players and we didn’t start the game as we wanted to. For an experienced player like Danny Fox to get involved in an argument, when already on a yellow card, was disappointing. He was a bit naive. Both Danny and Tendayi have apologised to both myself and the other players in the dressing room. It was just a bad day today, but we are more than capable of getting back into the play-offs.”