Roy Keane was left frustrated, despite seeing his Ipswich side extend their excellent start to the season with victory over Crystal Palace.
Second-half goals from Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards took Ipswich's total to seven points for the season, yet it was a fierce contest at Selhurst Park with Claude Davis and Andros Townsend both being sent off, the latter rather unfortunately.
Keane felt referee Jonathan Moss was wrong to dismiss the on-loan Tottenham midfielder Townsend for a lunge on the goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Keane said: "I thought Andros was very unlucky. He is not that sort of player. Sometimes the referee makes those decisions to even things up. He just jumped for the ball. If I felt one of my players deserved to be sent off I would sit here and tell you."
Talk before kick-off had been about Edgar Davids, who has agreed a pay-as-you-play deal with Palace. Yet supporters were not treated to their first appearance of the former Dutch international, as George Burley did not include him in his squad.
Ipswich manager Keane handed a debut to Celtic defender Darren O'Dea, who has agreed a five-month loan with the Suffolk side. But it was Palace who made the brighter start when former Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan shot over the bar after just 17 seconds. Ipswich also had their chances as Edwards went close from Jonathan Stead's pass, and Stead's cross almost dipped under Speroni's bar in the 30th minute.
Palace thought they had taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Andrew Dorman coolly rounded Martin Fulop before slotting home, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
Six minutes into the second half, Palace found themselves a man down when Davis was dismissed following a cynical challenge on Stead as he pulled the forward back on his route through to goal.
Moss had no further option but to point to the penalty spot and Leadbitter kept his cool to hammer home from 12 yards. Ipswich were clearly buoyed by their advantage and were two goals up when Edwards slid home at the far post from Leadbitter's cross in the 56th minute. Yet there was more drama as Townsend was dismissed in the 73rd minute and Neil Danns scored a late consolation with a lob over Fulop.
The Palace manager Burley felt his side were unfortunate and was critical of Davis for his loss of control. He said: "The game hinged on one incident and we have not got anybody to blame but ourselves.
"I was pleased with the performance but if you lose that discipline as far as the sending off and the penalty is concerned against a team like Ipswich, then you are going to struggle. There are no excuses about the sending off and it was a penalty.
"We all make mistakes, it is a team game and we will take it on the chin, but we have to learn from it and I am sure Claude will learn from this situation today."Reuse content