Joe Lolley was introduced off-the-bench as Nottingham Forest were forced to settle for a point after a dramatic finish against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest star Joe Lolley has sent a message on Twitter after the Reds were denied victory in dramatic circumstances at Reading.
The 27-year-old had to settle for a place on the bench at the Madejski Stadium. Sabri Lamouchi opted to name Sammy Ameobi and Yuri Ribeiro as his wide options instead. This came as a surprise to many supporters.
Lolley, a huge fan favourite among supporters, was introduced with just over 20 minutes of normal time remaining for Tiago Silva. The Reds looked to have secured a valuable three points in stoppage time. However, the Royals instantly responded at the other end of the pitch.
The 27-year-old sent a frustrated post-match message on social media and, predictably, Reds supporters responded in their numbers, but it was a warm reception for the most part.
— Joe Lolley (@JLolley23) January 11, 2020
Unlucky today joe, onto next match! pic.twitter.com/przou8kyz0
— ŁFFÇŴöödź #MidTableSZN 😈 🅙 (@NFFCWoodz) January 11, 2020
You all need too learn the basics in training by holding on
— Darren Price (@DarrenP26044012) January 11, 2020
You seem annoyed🥱
— Jackbrag (@JHBnffc) January 11, 2020
Joe, honest question. How do you deal with a result like that? After scoring so late on? Must be such a mental challenge
— 🇬🇧 Cameron Clark 🇬🇧 (@Camclarky) January 11, 2020
So unlucky. Keep going. It’s a great season. Closed up on Leeds. Big games coming! COYR!!!!
— Nick Flindall (@nflindall) January 11, 2020
Robbed by a ref how has he not blown for full time after we scored…were so unlucky :'(
— Dean Clarke (@123_Clarkey) January 11, 2020
Weve got to hold on to a lead in the 96th minute mate
— scott nffc pickworth (@soccolegend) January 11, 2020
— Sam (@SNffc93) January 11, 2020
The Reds arguably didn’t miss the 27-year-old winger in the first-half. Lamouchi’s men created a host of chances but just couldn’t find finishing touch.
Lamouchi has opted to play Ribeiro on the wing in a number of away games this season. Against an in-form side such as Reading, the Frenchman tends to name a more solid starting line-up.
Although he was criticised for leaving Lolley out, his bold call almost paid off.
Lolley will be hoping to return to the starting line-up against Luton Town next weekend.