Nottingham Forest ended a miserable week with a 2-0 defeat against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals hadn’t won for 11 matches in the league but proved too strong for a hapless Forest who made the trip south without a manager following the departure of Aitor Karanka.

Such a poor performance highlighted the importance of the club’s hierarchy addressing a replacement for Karanka sooner rather than later.

Simon Ireland took charge of the Reds in Berkshire and his team selection made for interesting reading.

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Portuguese misfit Diogo Goncalves has not featured in any league squad since a 2-1 defeat to Norwich in October so it came as a surprise that Ireland named him on the bench at Reading.

The 21-year-old came on for the last 22 minutes in the game with the Reds chasing an equalising goal.

Learning the trade

It is fair to say that the youngster is still raw; although there is definitely some talent within the Benfica attacker.

Having played just three times in the Championship this season speculation had linked him with a return to his homeland.

 

The Nottingham Post has previously reported that Goncalves could return to his parent club this month due to his lack of game time at the City Ground.

Ireland’s surprise decision to give him a rare run out now asks the question of whether the new manager might find a place for the tricky winger in his plans.

Goncalves’ best performance in a Forest shirt came in the EFL Cup against Stoke City.

A dazzling display ended in misery as he received a red card late on in the contest.

Second coming for youngster

The Portugal under-21 international never really recovered from missing three games through suspension and has found first-team football hard to come by.

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Given his skill, pace and trickery there is every chance that he could earn a reprieve under a new manager and play more games between now and the end of the season.

There is also an element that his cameo on Saturday was just a flash in the pan, but he could well prove a decent option from the bench; particularly against the teams who have proved tough to break down at the City Ground.

It looks set to be an interesting few weeks for Goncalves.