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Card count not a concern for Ainsworth
WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth said he's not concerned at the number of yellow cards his side have picked up this season, as he prepares to face Rochdale tomorrow without star striker Dean Morgan.
Blues' top scorer sits out the game after picking up his fifth booking to go along with his fifth goal of the season in the draw with York on Saturday.
No side in League Two has picked up more than the 17 yellows Blues have accumulated this campaign, but Ainsworth said bookings are an inevitability because of his side's style of play.
And he said he doesn't want his players to shirk tackles by risking having their name taken.
He said: "Teams reflect their manager and I got suspended on more than one occasion for mounting up yellow cards. It's even easier to get booked nowadays.
"Tell Josh Scowen not to go out and get booked and you might as well not play him because he tackles on the edge. People like Stuart Lewis and Billy Knott, if you say to them 'I don't want you to get booked today', it's going to take a little bit away from their game and I can't have that.
"If somebody had told me I can't get booked I'd say, 'Don't even play me'. If I think I can win a ball, even if it's a 70/30 situation, I'll do it for my team. If it ends up in a yellow card, it ends up in a yellow card, but I'll put that tackle in for my team.
"There's no way I'm going to curb the booking count. It's part of what we are, but we are not going out to get booked. I'd love us not to get booked every game but I'm not going to stop the players playing the way they are.
"Unless someone starts punching somebody or absolute swearing or questioning the referee's integrity, they would be important ones I'd want to address.
"The lads want to win so much, every little advantage they can get they will take. The yellow cards will mount up, it's part of what we are. We are a high pressing, high energy team, and those things will get you the odd yellow card."
Ainsworth added: "It's not something I'm concerned about, it's not a massive disciplinary worry for me. I'm sure there are worse teams than us about, but in all honesty we probably won't win the fair play award at the end of the year."
Blues sit fifth from bottom of the fair play league, with Northampton statistically the dirtiest team in the division after collecting 16 yellows and three reds while committing more than 100 fouls in the process.
League One Stevenage have picked up an impressive 25 yellow cards in their eight matches so far, but they will have to go some to beat the disciplinary record of Tamworth's Ben Richards-Everton.
He's already served two suspensions this season after being booked in each of his first five games before receiving a straight red card for a professional foul against Gateshead.
That means that individually he's collected more disciplinary points than the entire Cheltenham Town team, with the Robins squad only having collected a squeaky clean six bookings between them.
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