At the risk of using a classic Halloween cliché, it really was night of horrors for Nottingham Forest at Reading – it was a night of despair and one where they fell well below their high standards.
Their trip to Royal Berkshire will be one consigned to history as a disappointing evening that saw Reading, a side with just one win in nine games before this, ease past the Reds by three goals to one.
On arguably their poorest showing of the season, Mark Warburton’s side were well beaten, and here, Barry Cooper gives his Reds player ratings.
Jordan Smith: Kept his side in the game in the first half, with one fine stop in particular to deny Leandro Bacuna. Should have done much better with the third, which was soft. 5/10
Eric Lichaj: One of those nights where he was up and down. No lack of effort from the American who once again had to cover on the left for injury. 5/10
Michael Mancienne: Didn’t look anywhere near as assured as he did on Saturday at Hull. An uneasy first half and similar second saw his side ship three. 5/10
Joe Worrall: A night the youngster will want to forget. The Reds didn’t defend their goal with anything like the desire they did on Saturday and it showed. 5/10
Tendayi Darikwa: Gave the ball away a lot, was caught out of position on more than one occasion and generally had an evening to forget. The third goal summed up his evening. 4/10
David Vaughan: Not his best night in the heart of the Reds midfield. On a poor night for Forest, it felt like because he didn’t play too well, nor did the Reds. 5/10
Liam Bridcutt: Poor in the first half and like David Vaughan, did improve in the second half and tried to drag his team kicking and screaming back into it. 5/10
Ben Osborn: One of Forest’s better performers in the second half after a poor first and capped that by scoring a fine late consolation. 6/10
Kieran Dowell: A poor evening for the man who bagged three on Saturday. Nothing went right for the on-loan Everton youngster. 4/10
Barrie McKay: As good as he was on Saturday, the Scot was just not in the game at Reading and could not get involved. His poorest showing in a Forest shirt. 4/10
Jason Cummings: Nothing came off for the Scot, celebrating his first senior international call-up. Often isolated like Saturday and drifted wide with no real help in the box. 5/10
Subs: Mustapha Carayol (for McKay 62): Good to see him back involved. Had one run which set up Ben Osborn, before he knew it, Forest were 3-0 down. 5/10
Tyler Walker (for Cummings 67): Was the one Reds man on the pitch who looked like scoring. Forced Vito Mannone into two very good saves. 7/10
Andreas Bouchalakis (for Vaughan 72): Barely had a look in having replaced the Welshman Vaughan. Sat deep in a bid to protect his back four. 5/10
How did you rate the Reds players?