Allen flattered by Bodde praise

18 September 2009 06:37
Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen is flattered by team-mate Ferrie Bodde comparing him with Arsenal's Welsh teenage wonderkid Aaron Ramsey. Bodde had said "if you see Aaron Ramsey play, Joe is no worse than him...He has got the same skills and I think he has a little bit more than Ramsey." Allen believes being compared to his Welsh team-mate 'is not fair.' But the 19-year-old did say: "It is nice to be mentioned with a player of that calibre." Allen returned to the Swansea team on Tuesday night following a month out with a hamstring injury as the Swans drew 0-0 with Bristol City at the Liberty Stadium. Dutch midfielder Bodde, another highly-rated member of the Swans engine room, also made his long-awaited comeback after nine months from a serious knee injury. Allen added: "It's very flattering to hear that from Ferrie. He's a special player and I think a lot of him, which makes it more special to hear the praise from him. "But I think it's a very strong thing to say. It's nice, but it's a little bit biased towards his fellow Swansea player because Aaron's playing at the top level for club and country." Paulo Sousa's side travel to Barnsley on Saturday having won only once in their first seven Championship outings this season. Allen believes if they continue to create as many chances as they did against Bristol City, the Welsh club will add to their single Championship win. Allen added: "If we create that many chances in other games we play we'll surely come away with three points. "It's frustrating not to score the goal because at the end of the day three points is what we're playing for. "There's a lot of positives to come from the fact that we at least looked dangerous against Bristol City. "We threatened and I think sometimes, when the chances aren't coming, that's when you need to be worried. "But they definitely were there. So yes, I'm sure the goals will come."

Source: BBC_Sport