ASTON VILLA midfielder Fabian Delph admits he will have to modify his game after becoming the first Premier League player to receive 10 yellow cards in domestic football this season.
However, Delph insisted he was not a "malicious player", despite his booking last night against Manchester City meaning he will miss the Premier League relegation double-header against Reading and QPR.
The caution against City was handed out by referee Mike Dean for handball, but the majority of Delph's yellow cards have been for what have been perceived as mistimed challenges.
Delph believes he has only deserved to be booked on three occasions but accepts he will have to alter his approach.
He said: "It's a huge blow to miss the two games coming up.
"I am disappointed. I didn't think it was a yellow card to be honest with you. I am not a cheat and I didn't mean to handle the ball.
"If I'm being totally honest it was my 10th booking and I think I have deserved three. I'm just being brutally honest there. Ten yellow cards looks bad but I am not a malicious player.
"The gaffer (Paul Lambert) hasn't told me to curb that competitive streak.
"He loves that side in all of his players.
"But the game has changed and obviously I've got to change."
Delph, a £6million signing from Leeds United four years ago, believes Villa should approach the Reading and QPR games full of confidence on the basis of their recent performances.
He said: "I think we have played well over the past few games and that will hopefully stand us in good stead for the next two games which are both six-pointers."