Allen accepts Swansea midfield must step up

Joe Allen admits Swansea City need to lift their game.

Joe Allen admits Swansea City need to lift their game.

Allen has echoed his boss' calls for the Swansea midfield to step their game up a level, feeling they had lacked control in the draw at Newcastle and defeat at Everton.

"I agree with him," said Allen. "We have felt like that out there on the pitch.

"It's difficult to put a finger on why that has happened but it's one of our big strengths and we make it difficult for ourselves if we don't control that, but we respect we are playing established Premier League sides and players who have cost a lot and get paid big money for what they do.

"But to put things in perspective, I am proud to say we are mixing it with the best. Against Everton, facing (Marouane) Fellaini was a tough task for myself and I came away a bit disappointed with that battle, but we have to move on and look to put things straight.

"QPR have a lot of high-profile players like Joey Barton, and while we are not focusing on individuals these are the players you want to test yourself against and we are looking forward to it.

"We want to bounce back after defeat at Everton. Our home form has been impressive and we feel we have a realistic chance of picking up the three points."

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