We're not trying to do people, insists Ince

Paul Ince says his side were on the receiving end of some harsh treatment by referee Kevin Friend - but admits that arguably the biggest controversy of the afternoon went in their favour.

Paul Ince says his side were on the receiving end of some harsh treatment by referee Kevin Friend - but admits that arguably the biggest controversy of the afternoon went in their favour.

Aaron Wilbraham was sent off and seven other MK players booked - taking their total to 120 cautions for the season.

'I'm fed up with the bookings we're getting,' said Ince. 'We're not a dirty side, maybe a bit petulant at times, but we're not trying to do people.

'Sometimes you're going to make fouls, that's football, but you pick people up and get on with it. For some reason every time we made a tackle it was a booking.


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'I didn't see a dirty game out there; I saw two good sides trying to win.'

'The sending off was harsh - if you're trying to avoid a player running beyond you and you clip his legs it's not always intentional, it's just a free-kick. I thought the referee did ok today, but we're getting these bookings every week and I don't agree with it.'

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Wilbraham was involved in a big shout for a penalty eight minutes from time, with City trailing to Peter Leven's 20th-minute goal. Gary Doherty's attempted hook across goal clearly hit the striker's raised arm, but Mr Friend gave only a corner.

'It was a definite penalty,' said Ince. 'I'm not someone to sit here and say I didn't see it - it was a blatant penalty and he's lucky to get away with it.'

Wilbraham saw red in the final minute, and from the free-kick, Chris Martin scored the equaliser.

'I thought we played ever so well, especially in the first half when we were different class,' said Ince. 'We started a bit tentatively, which can happen when you come to a place like this - we cleared one off the line and Willy made a good save - but once we got into it we played some lovely football. It was a deserved point.

'I thought it was a good game between two good sides and I was confident it would be our day until the sending off.

'Norwich are a fantastic side and when you've got 25,000 fans behind you it can be intimidating, but we weren't intimidated at all.'

When the pressure was on we dealt with most things.

'I've got a lot of time for Paul Lambert, he's done a terrific job here and I want them to go up. But for us, it was a case of whether we could match them and play the way MK Dons play. I thought we did ever so well.'

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