Allen earns Rodgers praise
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has tipped Joe Allen for a big future after the young midfielder impressed against Chelsea.
Last Updated: 25/09/11 3:29pm
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has tipped Joe Allen for a big future after the young midfielder impressed against Chelsea on Saturday.
Allen, 21, showed great maturity on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the Swans as the Blues ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Chelsea before being sent off, while Ramires grabbed a brace and Didier Drogba netted late on after Ashley Williams had netted a consolation for the Welshmen.
"I thought our young player, Joe Allen, was absolutely outstanding," said Rodgers.
"Twenty-one years of age and he showed that he's got a great future ahead of him and great confidence and ability with the ball."
Rodgers was given an ovation before kick-off on his return to the club where he was reserve-team manager for four years.
"It's a very special club," he said in his post-match press conference.
"I used to stand in here many times watching everyone else getting interviewed, trying to learn and progress, and all of a sudden you're sat here.
"The reception, I really appreciate from the Chelsea supporters.
"It's a club that gave me every chance and possibility.
"I wouldn't be a Premier League manager today if it wasn't for them."