Benfica loanee Diogo Goncalves was sent off on Wednesday as Nottingham Forest beat Stoke 3-2 to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and many Forest fans took to Twitter after the game to debate whether the decision was a fair one.
Forest started the game brilliantly and Ben Osborn, who was playing at left-back on the night, gave the home side the lead after 19 minutes when the ball bounced off Stoke keeper Adam Federici and off the Forest man’s knee into the net.
Five minutes before half-time, Daryl Murphy doubled their lead with a convincing finish and again five minutes on the other side of the break, winger Joe Lolley made it 3-0.
With just over 10 minutes to go though, with the scores now at 3-1, Goncalves seemed to go over the top of the ball and catch Tom Edwards, for which he was shown a straight red card.
Despite conceding again though Aitor Karanka’s side held on for the win, but after the game fans couldn’t agree on whether they had been hard done by. Check out some of the best tweets below.
Further affirmation the game is indeed gone. Goncalves’ red card challenge is the up their with the softest I’ve ever seen. #nffc
— Jake (@jakeadkinsport) September 26, 2018
— Martin Day (@martinrday16) September 26, 2018
Am I the only one who thought Goncalves' challenge was actually a red? Studs up, over the ball, its a red card whether it's with one foot or two! #nffc
— Stephen Hunt (@Huntyyy) September 26, 2018
— Sunny (@sunbeam007) September 26, 2018
Never a red, the stoke lad got underneath goncalves foot while he was on a run
— paul worrall (@paulus38) 26 September 2018
Very dramatic game tonight with an excellent performance, Goncalves looked class and Murphy was on point too. Red card didn't even look like a foul from where I was sat which dampened the game and allowed them back in but onwards and upwards it is! #nffc #coyr
— Matt Stevenson (@MattStevenson93) September 26, 2018
Looked at the Goncalves red card several times now and I think he was unlucky. The ball was off the ground and he raised his foot studs first. Caught opponent but did win the ball #NFFC
— Egor The Red (@EgorTheRed) September 26, 2018
finally seen replay of goncalves red card, cant really argue that one, take the biased aspect out he changed from running to do a stamp, he still played unbelievable like
— Joe (@Beekstarr) September 27, 2018
Watched the red card several times and changed my mind several times too but the ridiculous rules of the game have it as a red card due to being studs up and fairly high. Wouldn't bother with an appeal and it's a shame as Goncalves was lookig very good last night #NFFC
— Jonno Reilly (@Jonno_Reilly) September 27, 2018
So, Forest fans, do you think a red card was the right decision for the Goncalves tackle? Have your say by voting in the poll below.