Joe Allen has promised to learn from the experience of his first red card and turn himself into a better player.

Allen had been enjoying a brilliant season before he received his second booking ten minutes from time in the 4-2 defeat against Blackburn.

The Welsh international admits that both yellow cards were needless and really should have been avoided.

He said: "They were two soft yellow cards and came at a time when we had pulled it back to 3-2. We had the momentum and were looking threatening for the equaliser.

"The first booking was for kicking the ball away and that was particularly disappointing, but I've got to learn to be more careful when I'm on a yellow card."

The second offence was for tripping Junior Hoilett as he began a counter-attack but Allen still disputes the decision that was given.

"I still thought the second yellow card was harsh though," he explained."He came across me and I put my hand on him to try and get out of the way more than anything."

Allen will miss the game against Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and captain Garry Monk thinks the Swans miss the talented midfielder.

The Swansea skipper said: "He's been brilliant for us this season and it will be a big blow to lose him for one game. He's been one of our best players so far this season."

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