Life without Aitor Karanka at the helm of Nottingham Forest has begun poorly as the Championship club suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Reading on Saturday.
The Reds trailed to the hosts after just 23 minutes as John Swift combined with Modou Barrow to get into position from close range and rifle home.
Forest then experienced another blow just after the hour as Danny Fox was shown a second yellow for his part in a scuffle and left Simon Ireland's side with a mountain to climb
Seven minutes from time, Reds full-back Tendayi Darikwa also saw red, this time for a late lunge on home substitute Danny Loader.
To compound a truly miserable afternoon for the visitors, Jack Robinson scored an own goal in the 87th minute after diverting Andy Yiadom's cross into the Forest net.
The result is Forest's third league defeat in five and sees them drop to ninth place in the Championship table, with a home game against Bristol City coming up next Saturday.
Ireland, the Reds caretaker manager, used his post-match interview to apologise to the fans for the poor display at the Madejski Stadium.
"I'd like to apologise to the supporters," he told the Forest website. "They have travelled a long way and paid good money."
Blaming "over-exuberance" for the haphazard showing, Ireland added: "Danny and Tendayi have apologised to myself and the players. It was out of character for them."
Some Reds fans did not seem to accept his apologies, however, and let rip on Twitter following the defeat in Berkshire:
Refund be nice based on that shambles— Stuart Marshall (@stumarshall71) January 12, 2019
Announce a manager— Ewan Bamford (@ewanbamford) January 12, 2019
Why did he not play the record signing who has been the lynch pin from midfield to create, why have your top scorer on the bench and yes he has been injured but fit enough for the bench then must be fit enough to start— barker (@barkerc31) January 12, 2019
What about a refund ?— VC HXVOC (@Yt_VCHXVOC) January 12, 2019
Lets hope he doesnt take charge of another game...— Andrew Stanfield (@stano1977) January 12, 2019
No it's ok....just the 3hours we've travelled to watch that rubbish......— Andy Riggall (@TRENT_END_ANDY) January 12, 2019