Nottingham Forest suffered a blow in their quest to finish in the top six of the Championship this season on Saturday.
Stuart Pearce’s side headed into the match against Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s on the back of two successive wins, but they suffered a 2-1 defeat in their final game of the month.
David Cotterill have Birmingham the lead with a stunning 20-yard strike after just 10 minutes, but Forest striker Britt Assombalonga equalised in the 84th minute.
However, five minutes later the 21-year-old turned from hero to villain as he conceded a controversial penalty.
Assombalonga was adjudged to have committed a handball offence inside the Forest penalty box and was promptly sent off, with Paul Caddis slotting home the resulting spot-kick with ease.
It was a controversial decision as it was the fourth official, Nigel Smith, who saw the incident from the touchline and made the call.
Forest fans were bemused with it and took to social networking site Twitter to have their say on the matter. Below are the best reactions.
#nffc so to sumize the 4th official can make refs decision, just no one including fans, players & management of both sides knew this ??— John Thrower (@johnnyboy_nottm) November 30, 2014
This 4th official situation needs looking at if he steps in on every decision it would make the game last forever!! #nffc— Gary Newcombe (@gaznewcombe11) November 30, 2014
#nffc No need to be negative. We just need to hang on in there until Read and Hobbs return. Money is still on midtable. Pearce needs time.— GMPM (@GMPM1972) November 30, 2014
So the 4th Official yesterday was from derby... #nffc— Thomas Tutin (@Thomas_NFFC_T) November 30, 2014
Week in week out managers say they don't see anything from the technical area during a game yet today a 4th official claims he did. #nffc— Ian Trembirth (@IanTrem) November 30, 2014