KENNY Jackett believes Shane Lowry will learn the lessons from his ten yellow cards so far this season and become a better left-back for it.
Lowry became the first player in the Championship to trigger a two-match ban for reaching double figures when he was booked against Bolton on Saturday.
But Jackett is hoping the 23-year-old will benefit in the long run. He said: "Shane's been on nine for a while. He's been apologising after every foul and helping people up to avoid getting another.
"I suppose it was inevitable. The mistakes he made were probably for the other nine bookings and not for the one against Bolton. It's hard as a defender to go that long without a booking.
"Shane has had a very good season for us and he's a very committed player. He has a nice left foot in terms of his distribution as well so I have been pleased with him.
"Picking up this amount of bookings is something he will put down to experience and improve on."
Lowry has made the transition from centre-back to left-back this season and, as a former defender himself, Jackett admits it is hard to know what is and isn't a booking these days.
He said: "Shane wants to get tight to his man and he's got a really competitive nature, which is a big thing and something that I like. He's very popular with the fans because of that.
"Learning to control that is important. In this day and age, defending is about closing down and intercepting the ball. Tackling at the moment is a grey area.
"At any level of football what you think is a really good tackle can also be a red card and sometimes there is a very thin dividing line between the two.
"Making contact and tackling is something you have to select very carefully. Shane is learning that side of the game and perhaps in a new position his angles are slightly different."