Nine-man Nottingham Forest lost out 2-0 to Reading this afternoon as goals in either half condemned them to defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
John Swift's first-half strike gave them the lead before Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa were both shown their marching orders for The Reds.
Jack Robinson's own goal in the closing stages completed the scoring to compound a miserable afternoon in Berkshire.
Caretaker manager Simon Ireland made three changes to side that faced Chelsea last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup third round.
Costel Pantilimon returned in goal replacing Luke Steele, while Jack Robinson and Joe Lolley came in for Joao Carvalho and Saidy Janko.
The opening 10 minutes of the first half were even with both sides struggling to create any sort of momentum or chances. Forest were the first to test the keeper when Daryl Murphy met a corner from Ben Osborn, but Irishman could only direct his header straight at Anssi Jaakkola in the host's goal.
A minute later the visitors created another opportunity after good work by Lolley. The winger beat his man on the right, cutting inside and squaring the ball to Matty Cash who struggled to get any real connection and his shot was deflected behind.
The Reds looked like they were starting to find their rhythm in the match. However, any momentum was cut short when Reading took the lead on 23 minutes. Former Forest loanee Mo Barrow broke down the right and picked out John Swift who calmly slotted past Pantilimon.
The visitors remained defiant despite going behind, with Lolley and Cash looking the most dangerous but the more Forest pushed in search of an equaliser, the more the hosts looked likely to add a second. Barrow just before half-time going close with a left-footed effort which he dragged wide from the edge of the area.
The visitors came out for the second half with a sense of urgency and were nearly rewarded. Cash cleverly beat his man and slipped in Lolley who crossed the ball for Murphy. The striker managed to control the ball and attempt an overhead kick but he was unable to keep his effort down.
The home side, however, were always a threat and goalscorer Swift nearly added a second ten minutes into the second half as his effort from a free kick on the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Pantilimon.
After Lolley tried his luck cutting inside on his left foot but shooting straight at Jaakkola, Forest found themselves down to ten men as captain Danny Fox was shown a second yellow for dissent on 63 minutes.
Reading we're making the extra man count and on 73 minutes they nearly added a second. Substitute Lewis Baker fired over from the edge of the area after Pantilimon could only parry the initial cross from Yiadom.
Any hope of a Forest comeback seemed unlikely when they were reduced to nine men, with Darikwa shown a straight red for his challenge on Garath McCleary on 83.
A miserable afternoon was made even worse when Jack Robinson slid the ball into the back of his own net to give the hosts a two-goal lead and ensure that The Reds left the Madejski Stadium empty handed.
Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Yacob, Fox (c), Robinson, Guedioura (Yates 84'), Colback, Cash, Osborn, Lolley (Goncalves 68'), Murphy (Grabban 64')
Unused subs: Steele, Carvalho, Janko, Appiah
Bookings: Fox 8', 63' Colback 38', Murphy 61', Robinson 62'
Sent off: Fox 63', Darikwa 83'
Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Ilori, Moore (c), Richards (Baker 67'), Bacuna, Rinomhota, Ejaria (McCleary 75'), Swift, Barrow, Bodvarsson (Loader 82')
Unused subs: Walker, Gunter, Aluko, Blackett
Goals: Swift 23', Robinson OG 87'
Bookings: Richards 32', Moore 62', Yiadom 62'
Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 15,034 (2,093 away)