Mikel was handed his fourth red card since joining the Blues when he was given his marching orders in Tuesday's Carling Cup clash with Everton.
. "I honestly believe I did not deserve the red card," the Nigerian international told the Daily Star.
"If people look at my record at Chelsea with four reds, they would believe I was some sort of monster.
. "But I am not a killer on the field. I play with force and to win every match but really the amount of reds I have been given is very excessive in my opinion.
"Perhaps the referees do not understand my style. I have seen much tougher tackles in games where players have not been sent off."
. "Essien has given me some advice because he went through this as well," Mikel added. "Things have changed for him now and I hope they do for me."