Defender previews return to Cardiff City StadiumAn FA Cup final, a Championship title triumph and a season in the top-flight – that’s a brief overview of Andrew Taylor’s successful three years spent on the books at Cardiff City.
Returning to his old club this weekend as part of a Reading squad, Taylor will be putting any friendships aside for the duration of the game. His sole focus will be on getting three points for the Royals and hopefully making it another season to remember for him.
“I had three good years at Cardiff – I really enjoyed my time and it was quite successful, apart from the relegation from the Premier League,” said Taylor. “I have very fond memories of the city, the people in the area and the people who work at the club.
“There are still quite a few of the boys there which I spent three good years with. But it’s a game of football – I’ll chat and say hello, but as soon as the whistle goes, you want to win for your team.
“It can be a little bit weird at first – the first time I played against Middlesbrough was a bit daunting really because I didn’t know what to expect. But I’ve had it a few times now where I’ve played against previous clubs. It’s something you get used to and something you relish.”
As well as wanting to take three points on his old turf, Taylor is also desperate to get three points to keep the pressure on teams above.
While Reading are winless in four, they came from behind in each of their last two fixtures against Brighton and Huddersfield to salvage a point in each, which the left-back feels could be important come May.
“I think it will be important for us to try to get the three points going into the last international break,” he explained. We go in off the back of a couple of draws which are not the end of the world, but if we want to keep going up the league we want to start winning again.
“A point isn’t the worst result in the world – it’s better than a defeat, but at the end of the day three points is what you need to keep pushing up the league.
“We came from behind in the both the last two games and could have easily lost, so they are points gained. Yes, we would have liked three points from both games like we do in every game – but it’s a tough old league and it’s not going to be given. We can’t turn up and expect to win, we’ve got to earn the right. Those points could be vital come the end of the season.
“We’ve got a bunch of lads that are very experienced, very ambitious and very driven. It’s important that we do stick together – it’s a long, long season and there will be sticky spells where you’ve got to dig in and grind results out, and if that means that we have to do that now and get back to winning ways in a couple of weeks, so be it.”