Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-0 defeat at Reading on Saturday and Tendayi Darikwa was one of many players heavily criticised by supporters for his performance. The 27-year-old was one of two Forest players sent off at the Madejski Stadium and wasn’t too effective when he was on the pitch.
— David Swann (@DaveSwann8) January 12, 2019
Darikwa has been crap for the last 2 seasons, not just today
— John (@johnmarshall888) January 5, 2019
Fox and Darikwa what on earth are you both playing at? So how many defenders will we have next Saturday? Grow up lads and use your brains ffs. Was awful to listen too never mind travelling down to watch. #ThatLovingFeeling ????????
— simon pearson (@simonpeo1970) January 12, 2019
Forget top 6 now. Too many unprofessional sulkers in that dressing room. Fox should never captain this team ever again. Darikwa has had a few good games but he's just as average as what lichaj was. We need a massive clear out, 10+ players out. With four quality additions #nffc
— Redman (@y1_redman) January 12, 2019
players who should never play again in a red shirt – Fox Darikwa Geddy – immediate transfer list !
— ashbashforest (@ashbashforest) January 12, 2019
#NFFC It’s obvious the players have been affected by the situation, but they should be trying their best for the club when they put on the garibaldi and today they were the most lackluster I’ve seen in years. Disappointed with Fox and Darikwa, considering we have no defenders
— Garibaldi Red (@Ponderer33) January 12, 2019
How as a club have we managed to convinced ourselves Danny Fox is a hero and Darikwa is an acceptable RB. Two players who wouldn't be in any top 6 squad #nffc
— Josh Morris (@JoshMorris_91) January 12, 2019
Against Reading, Darikwa made just one tackle, failed to make an interception and gave away two fouls. The right-back fared a bit better offensively, creating two chances and making one dribble, but he failed to find a teammate with any of his crosses and gave his side a mountain to climb after being red cards.
The Zimbabwe international was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 83rd minute, leading Forest to finish the game against Reading with only nine men. It was their first outing since Aitor Karanka stepped down as manager and has led to the Reds taking a big hit in their hopes of promotion.
After 27 games this season, the Midlands outfit are ninth in the Championship with 39 points. Forest have now failed to win six of their last seven league games and Darikwa will be suspended for their next outing against Bristol City (January 19).