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Ince defends dirty Dons

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MK Dons manager Paul Ince defended his team after they picked up no fewer than nine yellow cards on their way to a battling 1-1 draw at leaders Norwich.

Aaron Wilbraham opened the scoring after 20 minutes but was sent off for a second bookable offence after tripping substitute Oli Johnson in the final minute of the game. Chris Martin stroked home his 22nd goal of the season from the resulting free-kick to salvage a point for the Canaries.

The Dons now face their second disciplinary fine in the space of a couple of weeks after picking up six yellows in the recent defeat at Bristol Rovers, but Ince said: "I didn't see it as a dirty game, just a game with two teams trying to play good football. We are not a dirty side."

He added: "We are a little bit petulant at times, talking ourselves into bookings, but we do not go out to do people.

"Every time there was a foul (against Norwich) there seems to be a yellow card and that's not right. To me the game is becoming too soft.

"I watch a lot of football in the Premier League and the Championship and it's just the same, games are stop start with people getting booked all the time for no reason.

"It ruins the game as a spectacle because there are players out there who have got to be careful because they are on a yellow card."

Despite the club facing another fine Ince was delighted with the way his men went about their business at Carrow Road.

He added: "It's always disappointing when you concede like that so late in the game but I'll take a point here.

"We were down to the bare bones and I was delighted with the performance, especially in the first half when I thought we were a different class and played some terrific football."

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Norwich City
Chris Martin
Bristol Rovers
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Chris Martin
Aaron Wilbraham
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Premier League
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