Reading FC manager Paul Ince has prasied Royals travelling supporters after an 'embarrassing' 4-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Conceding after just 18 seconds, it was not to get any better as three second half goals means the side have now conceded four in consecutive away matches.

A Keinan Davis double and two strikes from Ryan Yates and Sam Surridge keep Forest in the play-off mix and preserves their unbeaten home record in 2022.

More than 900 were thought to have made the journey to the East Midlands, and Ince thanked them for their support.

He said: "I’m embarrassed for the fans who came here, they stuck with us the fans. I went to West Brom the other night and half the fans had gone by 75 minutes, at least our fans stuck with us. Our fans know the situation, it’s a dogfight and we need our supporters behind us.

"I’ve told the players in no uncertain terms that I’m not having that second half, not one little bit."

With three straight defeats, Reading remain firmly in a relegation battle, and the former Manchester United and England midfielder believes it is menality problem with the Royals squad.

He continued: "This is a team that have spent the last two years playing lovely football, all of sudden we’re in a dogfight and they need to realise that. Forget all this tippy tappy cr*p you’ve been doing because it ain’t working.

"You’ve got to roll your sleeves up and fight, there weren’t enough people in the second half who did that. It’s a mentality thing. It’s hard to change players mentality in such a small space of time.

"This is the mentality of old. You look at the Millwall game and how we were finding our structure and we looked like we weren't going to concede goal, to this.

"As soon as they concede two goals they're all over the place, and this is why they got beat prior to this.

"They've got to learn quickly because we've got to 10 games to go."