Warnock furious at Varney red card

Leeds United's manager Neil Warnock (left) talks to Luke Varney (centre) who was shown a red card by referee Mark Halsey. Photo: PA

Leeds manager Neil Warnock was furious with referee Mark Halsey after seeing his 10 men lose 1-0 to Chris Wood's late winner at Millwall.

Luke Varney was sent off early in the second half for an elbow on Adam Smith before Wood headed home Shane Lowry's inch-perfect cross five minutes from time.

But Warnock insisted that Halsey had got it wrong in giving Varney his marching orders which left his side still without a npower Championship win since October 6.

He said: "I thought we were very short-changed. I thought we did all right in the circumstances - we tried to win the game. At half-time we changed it a bit and it lasted two minutes.

"The amount of effort that's gone into the game and we're talking about a refereeing decision - it's scandalous.

"When you watch the sending off again, we don't have thousands of Millwall fans screaming at us. It's not caught him where he's holding when he's gone down.

"I wish we did it more - you might call it cheating, but I've seen Adam Drury get topped - and keep going. He should go down and roll, shouldn't he? We don't get free-kicks, and we wonder why.

"Referees aren't as consistent - they've gone backwards, I think. I didn't think someone of Mark Halsey's quality and experience would have gone straight for his red card, and I think he'll be disappointed when he sees it, but that will do us no good.

"I'm looking forward to the next few games - I think we can start with 11 men, can't we?"

Warnock had seen his team reduced to 10 players for the second time in two games after Jason Pearce was dismissed in the 6-1 home defeat by Watford.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was adamant that his side deserved the win for the quality of Wood's winning goal as they made it 10 games unbeaten in the Championship.

He said: "It was a real quality goal that decided it - a fantastic ball from Shane and Chris was in the right place at the right time.

"Any win in the Championship is hard-earned and this was no exception - Millwall v Leeds games are always very passionate. We're pleased to come out on top against a side as big as Leeds.

"We've been pleased with Chris, he's worked hard in the group and if as a centre-forward you can get in the habit of popping up with a winner that's great. We'll see where we are on extending the loan but we've been very pleased.

"We've put together the run by reducing the goals against. It was another great clean sheet from the whole team. We've got two tough away games to Blackburn and Wolves so we'll have to keep it up.

"I was pleased to get James Henry back, albeit from the bench. You need good subs to make a difference in that last half hour, and both subs played their part."