Cards prove costly

IPSWICH have now received more yellow cards this season than any other team in the Premiership OR Football League.With 57 yellow cards to their name already, Ipswich are now just four bookings away from equalling their record for the whole of last season and have five more yellow cards than the second worst culprits this season, West Bromwich Albion.

IPSWICH have now received more yellow cards this season than any other team in the Premiership OR Football League.

With 57 yellow cards to their name already, Ipswich are now just four bookings away from equalling their record for the whole of last season and have five more yellow cards than the second worst culprits this season, West Bromwich Albion.

On average, Ipswich have picked up nearly three bookings (2.85) per league match so far.

As a consequence Town, who were without suspended midfielder Sylvain Legwinski for Wednesday's match at Derby, will now be without Simon Walton (red card v Derby) and Dan Harding (fifth yellow v Barnsley) for Saturday's game against Burnley, while Alan Lee (fifth yellow v Derby) will miss the following week's trip to Cardiff City.


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Earlier in the season Mark Noble and Gavin Williams had already been forced to sit out matches after picking up fifth cautions.

Strangely however, Ipswich are only 10th in the charts for fouls, highlighting an extremely high ratio of cards shown to fouls committed. In all, 21% of Ipswich's 267 fouls have resulted in a card.

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Walton is the clearest example of this, picking up six yellows in just 14 fouls committed. Town's most pulled-up player for fouls is Lee, with 49 fouls, the fifth most in the Championship. Lee is in similar company at the top of the Championship's foul charts however, with his fellow targetmen Steve Howard (Derby), Barry Hayles (Plymouth), Chris Iwelumo (Colchester) and Andy Gray (Burnley) the only players to have committed more fouls.

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