Nottingham Forest player coach Andy Reid has called on fans to be more supportive of the team, after they were booed off after the 3-0 home defeat by fellow strugglers Brentford.
Eric Lichaj was sent off for two bookable offences in the 77th minute but the damage had already been done with Brentford already 2-0 up through second half goals from Lasse Vibe (49′) and Nico Yennaris (65′).
Speaking to BBC East Midlands Today, Reid said: “It doesn’t help anybody. We can understand the frustration, but we need them on our side. Fans do have the right to an opinion. Fans have always been good and very good to me, so I will never slag them off in any way, but it is totally counterproductive.
“We are trying to achieve the same thing, we want to win football games as much as they do. We urge fans, and I know it’s difficult when we are not playing well, to get behind us as much as they can because we need it.”
Forest now sit 16th in the table on 46 points with 7 games to go.
Manager Dougie Freedman was sacked after the 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday 3 weeks ago but results have not improved since Paul Williams took temporary charge of the team, and Reid joined the coaching staff.
After a promising 1-1 draw against Hull, they have now lost the last 2 games, 1-0 to Derby and Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Brentford, and Reid wants everyone to pull together:
“Although the performance was not there Saturday, the two before that were positive. We want to go on good run from now until the end of the season to take with us into next season, regardless of who the manager is.”
Burton manager Nigel Clough, former manager Billy Davies and ex-Leicester Manager Nigel Pearson are leading the betting odds to replace Freedman as permanent manager for next season.
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