After Nottingham Forest lost 2-0 to Reading on Saturday, caretaker manager Simon Ireland admitted Tendayi Darikwa and Danny Fox “did some dumb things” that led to them both getting sent off in the second-half, although he said such behaviour was “out of character” for the pair.
He said to the club’s official website: “The lads wanted to go out and do well and maybe did a couple of dumb things that they wouldn’t normally do. Danny and Tendayi have apologised to myself and the players. It was out of character for them.”
Forest dropped points in the Championship for the sixth time in their last seven games, and supporters made their feelings clear on social media about the performances of Darikwa and Fox. The defensive duo were needlessly sent off after the break and left Forest to end the game with only nine men.
Aitor Karanka’s resignation rocked the club and players, but Darikwa and Fox didn’t handle the occasion well and ended up letting down the supporters. Against Reading, the defensive pair made only two tackles between them and failed to make an interception.
The result leaves Forest ninth in the Championship table with 39 points from 27 games. They’ve managed only two league wins in their last nine games and are in danger of missing out on the playoffs unless things improve. The Reds next face Bristol City on January 19 and can’t afford anything less than a win.