Lewis Dunk has revealed he had “a good conversation” with referee Anthony Taylor after his red card at Nottingham Forest.

The Albion skipper starts a two-game ban when his side go to Chelsea.

He was dismissed at the City Ground for comments made to referee Taylor following a VAR penalty decision.

Dunk was available at AEK on Thursday and turned in a fine display in a 1-0 win.

Asked whether last Saturday’s events gave him an extra motivation for the Athens game, he told reporters: “I don’t think I needed one for this occasion.

“I let the boys down last weekend. That’s on me and I’ve got to learn from that.

“I’m a leader of this football club and it is not good enough what I did the other day.

“I have got to learn from that myself and be the role model to the other boys that are coming through that that’s not how you do it.

“I haven’t got a game for a couple of games now, so I had to give my all out there tonight and that is what I did.

“I spoke to Anthony straight after the (Forest) game and I apologised.

“We had a good conversation. That is all I need to say about it.”

Jan Paul van Hecke is likely to start alongside Igor or Joel Veltman in defence at Stamford Bridge in Dunk’s absence.