Preston’s Ryan Ledson was given his marching orders for a horror tackle during North End’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Leeds.
Alex Neil’s side were a goal to the good when Ledson, formerly of Everton and Oxford, clattered into Leeds midfielder Lewis Baker.
The 21-year-old raised two feet with his studs showing leaving the referee with no option but to brandish the red card.
Ledson has garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder, picking up 27 cautions in his young career so far, but this was his first dismissal in the professional ranks.
Commentating on the incident on Sky Sports, former Charlton boss Iain Dowie said: "In my day, it wouldn’t have even been a yellow card. But in today’s day, it’s a red card."
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa had made nine changes to the side that won 3-0 at Norwich on Saturday – and paid a heavy price.
Sluggish and subdued, just 45 seconds had gone when Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy brought down Louis Moult in the box.
Up stepped Daniel Johnson to coolly roll the spot-kick into the corner for the opener – and his first goal since January.
Weakened and woeful, Leeds were a shadow of the side that had started the season so impressively.
They did come close to a leveller when Jamie Shackleton met a volleyed cross from Stuart Dallas on the right with a thumping drive that was superbly tipped over one handed by Chris Maxwell.
But Brandon Barker, on loan at Preston from Manchester City, showed his quality with a stunner that sealed a surprise third-round spot.
Holding desperately onto a one-goal lead and down to 10 men, the 21-year-old broke down the left in first-half stoppage time and lashed a fine finish past Jamal Blackman.
It was his second goal in the competition and crucial as Neil’s strugglers wrecked Leeds’ unbeaten start to the season in front of a bemused Elland Road crowd.
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