Nottingham Forest fans react on Twitter to Mike Dean's refereeing performance after defeat against Aston Villa

Referee Mike Dean during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town at American Express Community Stadium on March 02, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Nottingham Forest suffered a costly defeat at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

match referee Mike Dean indicates their was a push leading to Yohan Benalouane of Nottingham Forest goal being ruled out during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and...

Many Nottingham Forest fans on Twitter were left unimpressed with referee Mike Dean during their side's 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

In the game, Forest took an early lead at the City Ground through Jack Colback's shot/cross before John McGinn's quickfire double, including a superb long-range effort put the away team in the driving seat.

The game was littered with fouls and chances, with defender Kortney Hause scoring Villa's third of the game following a perfectly weighted cross by Conor Hourihane from a set-piece situation in the second half. 

 

But the Forest fans on Twitter weren't too pleased with the 'Mike Dean show', with one supporter stating that he 'spoilt' the match and another claimed he was 'dreadful'.

One incident that was pointed out was Forest's disallowed goal when the score was 2-1. Minutes into the second half, Martin O'Neill's side were awarded a corner with Yohan Benalouane heading home. 

But Dean ruled out that decision because he felt that Benalouane, who had two hands on opposition defender Kortney Hause, fouled and pushed his player whilst trying to win the header. 

Here is a selection of Forest fans reacting on Twitter to Dean's refereeing performance during the game against Villa:

Nonetheless, the game in itself had a big bearing on the race for promotion because it now means that Villa are two points outside of the top-six after leapfrogging O'Neill's side in the table.

As for Forest, they are still in it, three points behind sixth-placed Derby County as a trip to bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town awaits them at the weekend. 

Nottingham Forest manager \ head coach Martin ONeill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa at City Ground on March 13, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

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