Match ends, Reading 2, Nottingham Forest 0.
Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Lowly Reading edged a turgid match to earn a first win in 11 games against managerless Nottingham Forest, who ended the contest with nine men.
John Swift scored the only goal of a lame first half when he arrived late in the box to sweep in Mo Barrow's fine pull-back from the right.
Forest, under the caretaker charge of Simon Ireland following Aitor Karanka's departure on Friday, rarely threatened.
Their hopes were hit when Danny Fox was sent off after 62 minutes for a second caution before Tendayi Darikwa was also dismissed for a dangerous tackle late on.
A miserable afternoon was rounded off when Jack Robinson put through his own net with three minutes to go.
Reading's victory was hardly comprehensive, but will be a huge relief to Jose Gomes, who secured a first win as manager in his fifth game in charge.
The result still leaves the Royals in the relegation zone but they move up a place to third from bottom and are now only two points adrift from safety.
Forest, who drop to ninth after a third league defeat in five, were poor from the outset, with a blocked Matty Cash strike their only noteworthy effort until Daryl Murphy's hooked attempt went over soon after the restart.
Reading defended in numbers after Swift's well-taken opener and only started to get on top and regularly threaten after Danny Fox saw red for a second yellow card just after the hour in an increasingly fiery match.
Ben Osborn did have a goal disallowed for the visitors for pushing but their hopes all but ended when Darikwa was sent off for a nasty late foul on Danny Loader.
Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:
"I liked the result a lot. The performance could maybe have been better, but the most important thing is that we got three very, very important points.
"This is the start of a very important run of 19 games for us and hopefully this gives us the confidence to look up the table and ask ourselves why we aren't there.
"Today the players really absorbed my philosophy with some energy, they accepted the idea that we must be more clinical.
"Now it's a case of keeping that focus, resting up and recharging before the next very, very important game."
Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Simon Ireland:
"It was impossible for the last 24 hours not to have had an effect on the players and we didn't start the game as we wanted to.
"For an experienced player like Danny [Fox] to get involved in an argument, when already on a yellow card, was disappointing. He was a bit naive. Both Danny and Tendayi have apologised to both myself and the other players in the dressing room.
"It was just a bad day today, but we are more than capable of getting back into the play-offs."
- 3YiadomBooked at 62mins
- 6MooreBooked at 62mins
- 27RichardsBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBakerat 67'minutes
- 18EjariaSubstituted forMcClearyat 75'minutes
- 23BödvarssonSubstituted forLoaderat 82'minutes
- 27DarikwaBooked at 83mins
- 4FoxBooked at 62mins
- 18RobinsonBooked at 62mins
- 5GuédiouraSubstituted forYatesat 84'minutes
- 6ColbackBooked at 38mins
- 23LolleySubstituted forCupido Goncalvesat 68'minutes
- 9MurphyBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGrabbanat 64'minutes
- 19Cupido Goncalves
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Reading 2, Nottingham Forest 0.
Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).
Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Lewis Baker (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest).
Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).
Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Osborn.
Own Goal by Jack Robinson, Nottingham Forest. Reading 2, Nottingham Forest 0.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates replaces Adlène Guédioura.
Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) is shown the red card.
Danny Loader (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest).
Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.
Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).
Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a headed pass.