Swansea City defender Neil Taylor has insisted he and his teammates will not be cowed by the hostile reception they will face at Cardiff City on Sunday, BBC
Taylor has limited experience of playing against Cardiff for Swansea, having appeared just once against the Bluebirds – a 1-0 Swansea win in 2010. But the match has lived long in the left-back’s memory, and he is eager for a second encounter with the capital city side.
“This is what you play football for, to play in these sort of games,” Taylor said. “It can be daunting but we as professionals, obviously playing at the highest level, need to be able to deal with that. As soon as you step across that white line on Sunday and hear the crowd you know it’s a different type of game.”
The two teams have not met since Swansea were promoted to the Premier League in 2010-11, with Cardiff following as winners of the Championship last season. Swansea currently sit in ninth place, two points ahead of Cardiff, who are 16th.
Taylor has been impressed by Cardiff under Malky Mackay and expects to be in for a hard game this weekend. “Malky Mackay sets his teams up really, really well and I think he’s quite an impressive manager,” Taylor revealed.
“His teams work really, really hard that’s for sure. Cardiff will think they’ve had a good start so far. But when it comes to a derby it wouldn’t matter if we were top and they were bottom or the other way round, it just comes down to on the day who produces.”
Wales international Taylor went on to discuss the importance of the fixture for Welsh football, adding: “I think it’s brilliant for Wales. The first thing I said was if Cardiff bring through more youngsters this is more Welsh players playing in the Premier League. But also it’s so exciting to have these derby games. It was definitely the first fixture the players looked for.”
Taylor joined Swansea from Wrexham in 2010 and has gone on to make more than 70 appearances for the Liberty Stadium side, as well as winning over a dozen caps for his country since his debut in 2010.
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