Nottingham Forest headed to Burton Albion on Saturday keen to see get a victory against the Championship’s bottom placed side.
Burton had lost four out of their last five league games without any wins while the Reds were in a similar poor run of their own, with just one win in five.
It was a poor first half with very little action apart from an Eric Lichaj red card and it was this that got fans of the Tricky Trees up in arms.
In the 26th minute, the American flew into a tackle on Samuelsen and was given his marching orders with supporters feeling as though he had let his side down and called him a ‘psycho’ for his Stuart Pearce style tackle.
There were question marks over which Aitor Karanka side would turn up against the relegation candidates and have been accused of being a Jekyll and Hyde type team.
Would it be a performance of the sort that beat Premier League giants Arsenal back in January and bagged three points over Wolverhampton Wanderers or the kind of display that saw them go down to Preston and Hull City?
Aitor Karanka rang the changes with his side which saw Ben Watson named as captain for the first time since his move to the City Ground from Watford.
In the end it fizzled out into a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Here is a selection of the tweets from Forest fans on social media following the player’s red-card:
Hope Eric Lichaj is fined the maximum amount possible for that, absolute disgrace #nffc
— Reiss Lane (@ReissNFFC) February 17, 2018
— RedGamster (@RedGamster) February 17, 2018
I love Eric Lichaj but to let your side down like that in a game like this is just inexcusable #NFFC
— Mase (@MaseySam) February 17, 2018
what a prat ! thanks eric lichaj
— home of legends (@pjbcpb) February 17, 2018
Eric Lichaj is average. Yet our supporters laud him like he’s Viv Anderson.
Same with Vellios
Same with Worrall
Same with Brereton #nffc
— East Midland Reds © (@IlkestonRed) February 17, 2018
Hero to zero in the space of a month.
— Forest Logic (@ForestLogic) February 17, 2018
— Andrew Stanfield (@stano1977) February 17, 2018
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