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Leeds United boss Darko Milanic explains Warnock omission, praises substitute Sharp

New Leeds United boss Darko Milanic has explained dropping Stephen Warnock.

Leeds United played their first home game under Darko Milanic, a 0-0 draw with Reading.

It's one point from a possible six for the new manager, and he explained the thinking behind a surprise part of the team selection after the game.

Consistent performer Stephen Warnock was left out altogether, with Liam Cooper selected in his place.

Warnock, 32, had been a regular fixture in the side, but Milanic's decision did not come back to bite him, with Leeds keeping a clean sheet.

After the game he told Leeds United TV the decision was his choice and not forced upon him through injury.

He said: "It was tactical. I wanted to have stability on the left side."

Cooper, who was booked, played his role well, winning five tackles and 100 per cent of his aerial battles.

Milanic went on to praise substitute Billy Sharp, who almost broke the deadlock.

He said: "He did very well. He made a chance to score and he was involved with a lot of energy in the game."

With Sheffield Wednesday up next, and Milanic learning more about his players with each game, there is a strong chance Sharp will be involved from the start this Saturday.

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