Swansea's Neil Taylor focused on Wales fixtures

Swansea defender Neil Taylor
Taylor joined Swansea from Wrexham in 2010

Defender Neil Taylor admits he has mixed feelings about being with Wales rather than preparing for the play-off final with Swansea.

The 22-year-old will miss the Championship play-off final against Reading following his sending off against Nottingham Forest.

Taylor is with the Wales squad for the Carling Nations Cup double-header with Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"Obviously it's a bit of a bittersweet thing," said Taylor.

"If I was preparing for Wembley it would be a little bit different, but I've got my head round it now and ready to play the games here.

"It's a chance for me to play a game here and get it out of my system because my season ended a little bit abruptly.

"It's a nice chance to get out on the pitch and play a game."

Taylor was sent off by referee Mike Dean after two minutes against Forest for a lunge on Lewis McGugan during Swansea's 0-0 first-leg draw at the City Ground.

Swansea subsequently lost their appeal to overturn Taylor's red card and the defender missed the 3-1 second leg victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The former Wrexham player still believes the decision to send him off, which will mean he misses the Reading game at Wembley next Monday, was harsh.

"It all happened a little bit quickly and obviously I feel a little bit hard done by," added Taylor.

"It's one of them things that happens and you just get a certain referee on a certain night that makes a decision and there's nothing you can do about it.

"I have seen it [the incident] and since seeing it I thought it was even more harsh, especially when you slow it down.

"By the letter of the law he's probably done his job. I thought at the time of the game it was a little bit harsh.

"I've moved on from it, the team's moved on from it and there are bigger things to think about now. We're through that now and we've got one more game."

Even though suspension means Taylor will not face Reading, the north Walian will be a member of the party that travels to Wembley.

And he is confident the Brendan Rodgers' side can beat Reading to secure their place in next season's Premier League.

"I wish I could be at Wembley playing," added Taylor, who moved to the Liberty Stadium from Wrexham last summer.

"I'll be joining them on Sunday during the preparations and hopefully all goes to plan. It's a case of being there supporting the lads.

"I'll definitely feel part of it. Everyone feels part of it, even players that haven't played.

"But I know from seeing it all season the squad's good enough and anyone can step in and win the game on the day.

"I've got so much confidence in the boys and how they've done this season that they can go out there and do a good job.

"We're trying to look at it as a normal game as possible. But we fancy ourselves like we have all season."

Despite the disappointment of losing out on Wembley with Swansea, Taylor is looking forward to spending time with the Wales squad in Dublin.

Taylor will be hoping to add to the solitary cap which he won during the 2-0 friendly defeat in Croatia 12 months ago.

Gary Speed's side face Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday with Northern Ireland the opponents at the same venue on Friday.

"It's a chance to impress the gaffer after the England game and it's a chance to play 90 minutes again," said Taylor.

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