Reading forward Andy Carroll admitted he was 'devastated' after being sent off for handball against Luton Town.

The 34-year-old had opened the scoring against the in-form Hatters six minutes after the break, and thought he had picked up a brace five minutes later.

However, the referee ruled out the goal and gave the former England international his secons yellow card- sending him for an early bath.

The 10-men battled hard, but Carlton Morris equalised with 10 minutes remaining to keep their unbeaten run in tact and share the points.

Taking to social media after the match, Carroll said: "I’m The First Person To Accept When I’m Wrong. Tonight, Not Only Have I Let Myself Down But I’ve Let My Teammates And The Fans Down With An Unintentional Handball. The First Couple Of Seconds When The Ball Went In It Was Just An Automatic Reaction To Celebrate, But I Knew It Hit My Hand. I’m Devastated.

"It Was An Absolute Graft From The Lads From That Moment On And The Lads Played Out Of Their Skin To Get Us A Point.

"Thanks Again For All Your Support."

With nine goals to his name, he is the joint top-scorer.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool star will now miss the next two matches as the Royals continue to battle back from inside the relegation zone with three matches remaining.