Football - Warnock happy as Millwall pay the penalty

Manager Neil Warnock revealed how he spared Ross McCormack the pressure of taking a second penalty and handed the job to namesake Stephen Warnock as Leeds kept their top-six hopes alive, damaging Millwall's own play-off prospects in the process.

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Warnock, signed from Aston Villa on a free transfer in January, kept his cool to ram home a 72nd-minute penalty after McCormack had seen his 28th-minute spot-kick turned on to a post by David Forde.

"I didn't want Ross to take the second penalty and put extra pressure on himself after missing the first," Warnock said.

"I was going to send El-Hadji Diouf on to take it but Stephen wanted to take it straightaway and he told me he'd taken them before."

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett had no complaints over the two penalty awards to Leeds but claimed the Lions should have had a spot-kick of their own.

He said: "My first impressions are that we couldn't complain about either of Leeds' penalties but I felt we had a clear-cut penalty when Danny Shittu headed the ball down, Sam Byram had his hand by the side of his body and clearly handled it as the ball was going through to my centre-forward, so I thought the referee got that call wrong.

"David Forde made a good save from the first penalty and he is in top form at present. We had big chances but Paddy Kenny pulled off two very good saves for them and Shane Lowry hooked one over from about seven yards, so we were unfortunate to come away with nothing."

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