Photo: Former Leeds skipper Stephen Warnock red-carded on Derby debut

Former Leeds United skipper Stephen Warnock had a debut to forget for Derby County.

Former Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock was red-carded 40 minutes into his Derby County debut against Reading at the iPro Stadium for two yellow card offences.

The 33-year-old traded the Whites for the Rams for an undisclosed fee – reported by Sky Sports - during the January transfer window, with Steve McClaren citing his experience for bringing him in.

“He is a solid and experienced defender who certainly strengthens our defensive options for the remaining months of the season. As well as being a very good player he has excellent leadership qualities,” McClaren was quoted as saying.

Warnock has a tricky time in breaking i to the Derby XI ahead of Scottish international Craig Forsyth, who has shown himself to be an excellent left-back over the past 18 months.

Yet, owing to the Rams FA Cup run, their January recruit was handed his official debut for the club as boss McClaren decided to freshen up his squad ahead of another Championship match on Tuesday.

The former England boss brought in Warnock for his experience, yet the former Elland Road favourite showed nothing of the sort as two needless yellow cards saw his debut cut short before half-time.

The first was slightly harsh, but the second – a lunge on Reading’s Jamie Mackie – was totally unnecessary and not what you would expect from a player with more than 400 career games under his belt.

After the interval, the visitors’ numerical advantage paid off as goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Yakubu either side of a Darren Bent equaliser handed the Royals a 2-1 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

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