Injury all in the past as Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor moves on
NEIL Taylor revealed the thought of Sunderland's last visit to the Liberty never crossed his mind when he entered the field on Saturday.
The left-back came on in the second period when Ben Davies was forced off with an ankle problem.
That appearance came 13 months after he suffered a horrific injury against the same side.
Taylor broke and dislocated his ankle when Sunderland were at the Liberty in September 2012 and was out for almost all of last season.
But the Wales defender insisted he has almost forgotten about that dark day.
"I got closure by coming back and training last year. This just happens to be the team who I got injured against," he said.
"I'll probably end up playing them again. We've got another game next week and we just need to get on with it.
"I remember it all, but it is what it is. It's in the past and things like that don't bother you that much. It's just an episode in my career that happened.
"It was nice to get on, but hopefully Ben is okay.
"It was good to get the win. It wasn't our greatest performance. In the first half I thought we were edgy and then once we got the goal we dominated from there.
"Once we got the first goal they looked like a team who had only got one point."
Swansea recorded a 4-0 win against Sunderland to recover from back-to-back defeats before that.
The result lifted them up to mid-table, three points clear of the bottom three.
"I think it was must-win," said Taylor.
"People were going on about how we haven't won at home for seven months even though they were including May and June when we don't play.
"We needed to win, we needed three points and we needed to make sure that Europe doesn't affect the league form.
"We've got another game on Thursday and if we can get the result we've got one foot in the next round of Europe and things look great again.
"It's amazing how things can change in days, but it's going to be like that all season I think."
Swansea play their latest Europa League match when Russian side Kuban Krasnodar visit the Liberty on Thursday.
A victory would put them in sight of the competition's knockout stages.
After that comes a home match with West Ham three days later before a November 3 South Wales derby trip to Cardiff.
"Win on Thursday and we've got a foot in the next round, we can almost go away and play with a bit of freedom in Switzerland and Russia," added Taylor.
"Can we win that game? If we can our season looks great again after people have been saying we've had a couple of bad results.
"Kuban Krasnodar are going to be difficult, probably technically quite good.
"But we just need to worry about ourselves."