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Ireland apologises after Reading defeat

12 January 2019

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Simon Ireland apologised to the supporters following the 2-0 defeat against Reading this afternoon.

The Reds fans travelled in their numbers to the Madejski Stadium but Forest, who had Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa both sent off, left empty handed.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I'd like to apologise to the supporters. They have travelled a long way and paid good money.

"The sendings off were maybe a bit harsh but I'm putting that down to over exuberance. 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, for Danny to get involved when he was on a yellow card and Tendayi's I thought at the time was a little bit harsh, maybe a yellow card, but I haven't watched it back.

"I would like to say that it is an honour to be asked to step in and manage this great football club."

Ireland felt Forest had chances to score in the game but they came up against an improving Reading side.

He said: "We knew how they were going to play. They have improved; the new manager has come in and when we watched it back with the players you can see there has been a steady improvement.

"I just think it has been a bit of over exuberance from the lads, going out there to win the game but sometimes you have to keep calm. We had chances in both halves, we had chances when we went down to 10 men."

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