The Reds began life without Aitor Karanka with a 2-0 loss at the Madejski Stadium. Some Forest fans think the club deserved it.
The Reds were a goal down by the midway point of the first half as John Swift combined with Modou Barrow to rifle home from close range, a scoreline that remained as such come the half-time whistle.
However, the first of Forest's red cards came on 62 minutes and left Simon Ireland's trailing side with a mountain to climb after Danny Fox was shown a second yellow for his part in a scuffle.
Seven minutes from time, Tendayi Darikwa also saw red, this time for a late lunge on home substitute Danny Loader, and to add insult to injury, Jack Robinson scored an own goal four minutes later to make it a truly miserable afternoon for the away contingent.
Although Forest remain four points behind the playoffs, the departure of a popular manager combined with a poor run of form has very much soured the mood at the City Ground.
Here is how some Reds faithful reacted on Twitter to the defeat at the Madejski Stadium:
In the last 24 hrs i've watched our club regress 12 months. Absolute shambles.— Alastair McCleave (@AlastairMcCleav) January 12, 2019
Deserved it, pressured Karanka for no reason and made him leave. Absolutely deserve the downfall that is coming to us for the rest of the season.— wildguts (@wildguts123) January 12, 2019
We deserve an apology - I feel extremely sorry for the 2000 fans who went to the game.— Norman1512 (@Norman151200) January 12, 2019
Karanka in.— Forest Logic (@ForestLogic) January 12, 2019
Dear Owners and management, sort this mess out that you have created. If you thought AK did a bad job look at todays performance. Now we have no defenders either, great away support again today! I can only prey for Forest to carry on pushing for promotion this season. COYRS!— Ash_Forest Red Army (@Forest_Fan_Ash) January 12, 2019
Horrific. The board did this. Not a happy fan today at all.— Stephen McCalden (@smccalden) January 12, 2019
Absolute disgrace of a team— #Pogrebnybae (@Pogaholic) January 12, 2019
Hope your all happy with what you have done— I'm one of the faces (@bakovdanet) January 12, 2019
Karma— (@hickling_rob) January 12, 2019
The Board deserve this result, he fans deserve better. The sensible thing would have been to let Karanka finish the season & judge him on that. This decision was poorly thought through, badly executed & at the wrong time.— Peter Ball (@peterbouncyball) January 12, 2019