Managerless Nottingham Forest produced a lacklustre performance as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Reading in the Championship
Nobody knew how the Reds would react to Aitor Karanka’s departure in this game.
It soon unraveled into the worst case scenario.
In this case, Simon Ireland and Michael Dawson realistically had insufficient time to prepare for the match.
However, the players ultimately produced their worst performance of the season, barely creating a chance.
Considering the Royals had gone 11 games without a win, the Reds should’ve been capable of winning this match, even without a manager.
Forest’s discipline a worry
One of the most concerning aspects of the game was how the second-half unfolded.
The first-half wasn’t great, but the game could’ve easily been turned around with the right approach.
In truth, this never looked likely.
Danny Fox’s dismissal midway through the second-half summed up Forest’s afternoon.
He should’ve known better than to get involved in a mass brawl whilst already on a yellow card.
This was compounded by Tendayi Darikwa’s poor lunging tackle which reduced the Reds to nine.
An own goal from Jack Robinson in the last few minutes put the lid on Forest’s misery.
Worst ever away day?
Following the conclusion of today’s match, Seat Pitch rounded up exactly what Reds supporters had to say about the performance.
Am I the only thinking how did Osborn start over carvalho? Was he not 100% fit? #nffc
— Joseph Ainsworth (@Ainzy94) January 12, 2019
Everyone of the players should come out and apologise as well as refund all the travelling fans #NFFC
— Richard Smith (@Rich6p6s6) January 12, 2019
I watched Leeds Utd against Derby County on Friday. They are youthful, strong, fast, tough in the tackle, hard working, skillfull and I’d be surprised they’ve spent much more than #nffc if more at all. Our players are mid table players. Simple as that. AK bought badly.
— ArnoldAngler (@Arnold_Angler) January 12, 2019
Not easy for us today but i am even more behind the team right now because we need it… Come on you reds 🔥🔥🔥 🔴⚪️ #nffc
— Guy MOUSSI (@Guy_Moussi) January 12, 2019
Just back from Reading. I’ve seen us lose from Yeovil to Newcastle, but I think that was the worst. They were useless, clueless, heartless and undisciplined. For the first time ever I left with 5 mins to go.
What an embarrassing away day! #nffc
— Andy Brown (@redbrowny31) January 12, 2019
That was obviously a very bad day in the office. Let’s make this a low. New manager. New transfers. New coaching methods. This is the opportunity to turn the whole season around. #NFFC
— Andrew Chard (@Chardgrills) January 12, 2019
No pressing, no movement, nothing today. Reading made it look easy. Red cards were both unnecessary and should know better. Only plus was Yates getting game time. #nffc
— James Morris (@JamesJmorris90) January 12, 2019