Leeds United: Senior players must lead the way - Warnock

Stephen Warnock.
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STEPHEN Warnock has vowed to use his vast experience to lift Leeds United’s young players in the aftermath of Saturday’s cruel 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

A youthful Whites looked to be heading for victory after Souleymane Doukara’s strike had given Neil Redfearn’s side a 1-0 lead at the break. But a mix-up between ’keeper Marco Silvestri and Liam Cooper gifted Jordan Rhodes an equaliser and, despite having Tom Cairney sent off, Rhodes snatched victory with a late penalty awarded for Sam Byram’s foul on Luke Varney.

United – who have been linked with a loan move for Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert – are now two points above the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s visit of leaders Derby County but Warnock, 32, said: “We are a young team aside from myself and probably Mirco (Antenucci) and us and the rest of the lads around the place such as (Michael) Tongey and Stewie Taylor have got to try and lift the place and get them going. That is what senior players do. I am sure Redders will try and lift the lads this week and I am sure the senior boys will do that as well.”

Redfearn has just three days if he wishes to strengthen the club with a new loan signing with the emergency loan window closing on Thursday.

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