Date: 25th September 2011 at 6:09pm
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Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers had special praise for Joe Allen after his performance against Chelsea on Saturday.

The young Welshman started at Stamford Bridge yesterday in the centre of midfield alongside Leon Britton and Mark Gower, and he had the tough task of containing the likes of Ramires, Mikel and Meireles.

Rodgers told Sky Sports:

‘I thought our young player, Joe Allen, was absolutely outstanding,’

‘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.’

He also thanked the Chelsea supporters for giving him a warm welcome return to the Bridge:

‘It’s [Chelsea] a very special club,’

‘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.’