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:
I think Mike Dean has been reffing too long in the Premier league, dreadful from him.— Nathan Thompson (@thompsonnathan) March 14, 2019
Not the reason we lost the game, that would be down to 3 lots of poor defending and goal keeping.
Only postive is that the playoff chase for us hasn't really changed.#NFFC
No back-to-back since September says it all really. Yes, it was the Mike Dean show. Yes, Jack Grealush spent about 78% of the game on the floor. But Villa did a number of us and were the better side. We go again Saturday. Keep the faith. #nffc— Liam Hill (@lhill_11) March 14, 2019
Enjoyed the game until Mike Dean spoilt it pic.twitter.com/PMZYYS6JPX— Jimbo (@Jimbop78) March 14, 2019
I lost out on a few quid last night as I had Mike Dean to score at any time for Aston Villa #NFFC— Thomas Newton ® (@Tnewton_1988) March 14, 2019
Mike Dean was his usual self, but the fact is we didn’t test the villa keeper once. Our goal was a cross too, not good enough on the night #NFFC— Mark (@MarktheRoofer86) March 13, 2019
We were very poor. They were very good and also knew how to spoil the game and Mike Dean was..... Mike Dean. A win on Saturday and it’s all to play for. Anything else and it’s all over and we plan for next season— Mark Shaw (@MarkShaw_Design) March 13, 2019
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.