Now Frank Lampard knows what he is up against in the Championship. The former England midfielder was shown the red card as Derby County combusted in the wake of two other major officiating decisions as Ryan Manning's penalty earned Rotherham United a memorable victory.
After Tom Lawrence was sent off for scything down Richie Towell, referee Peter Bankes was not going to give a decision until his assistant flagged for an apparent push by Fikayo Tomori. Manning dispatched his 63rd-minute spot-kick amidst raising tensions that included eight yellow bookings.
When Lampard then castigated the other assistant referee for failing to show another card to Will Vaulks, Bankes could not get his red card out quickly enough to send Lampard to the stands.
Rotherham: Rodak, Vyner, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Manning, Vaulks, Towell (Palmer 86), Vassell (Taylor 71), Smith (Proctor 78), Williams.
Subs not used: Forde, Price, Wiles, Jones.
Goals: Manning 63
Bookings: Wood, Mattock, Vassell, Taylor
Derby: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Forsyth, Huddlestone (Holmes 73), Johnson, Mount, Jozefzoon (Bennett 64), Waghorn (Marriott 64), Lawrence.
Subs not used: Wisdom, Roos, Ledley, Malone.
Bookings: Keogh, Johnson, Mount, Waghorn
Sent off: Lawrence
Referee: Peter Bankes
Rotherham deserved their victory, raising their game to intimidate and negate Derby, who had won their previous four games to move within two points of the Championship leaders.
It's not just a question of whether Derby can do it on a rainy Tuesday night in Stoke but whether they can cope at a raucous Saturday afternoon in Rotherham.
Derby were rattled for all but the first half hour of this game and their chances of promotion may depend on how they and their new young manager respond to smaller clubs out to claim big scalps.
In that opening spell, fresh from his match-winning performance for England's U-21s, Mason Mount helped Derby control the game as they chased their fifth successive win in all competitions.
The on-loan Chelsea playmaker, playing in an advanced midfield position, dispatched one brilliant pass to release right-back Jayden Bogle. But Lawrence could not connect with the pull-back.
Then Mount sent in a powerful shot from just outside the penalty area that caused Marek Rodak some consternation, the Slovakian goalkeeper relieved to grab the ball at the second opportunity.
Derby's midfield was working well with Mount ahead of Bradley Johnson and the recalled Tpm Huddlestone. When Rodak dived full length to tip Huddlestone's fulminating shot just wide, it seemed a matter of time before Lampard's lads would take the lead.
Rotherham rallied however and their strength from set plays allowed them to take charge until half time. Either side of Richard Wood heading wide and Michael Smith volleying past the same post, Towell was given a perplexing amount of time to bring down Ryan Manning's corner and get off a superb shot that Scott Carson did well to push up and over the bar.
But that was just the warm-up to a rumbustious second half that Rotherham relished and Lampard will want to learn from.