IN an ideal world, Andrew Taylor wishes Cardiff City and Middlesbrough had been promoted to the Premier League as teams one and two in the Championship.
That, sadly, did not happen.
Instead, Taylor’s current and former employers were last weekend left to fight it out for the one remaining play-off place.
Thankfully, for Taylor, it was the Bluebirds who triumphed, winning at Crystal Palace to maintain their grip on that coveted sixth spot.
But the 25-year-old was a little upset at the interpretation of some of his comments in the Press last week.
Asked a legitimate question about his degree of sympathy should Boro fail to make the play-offs at Cardiff’s expense, Taylor gave a typically professional response – none whatsoever.
Some Boro followers took that as a slight on the club with which he cut his professional teeth, but the Hartlepool-born star insists it was nothing of the sort.
“I lot of stuff was made of my comments last week,” he said, “But if people had read the full story they would have realised what I was saying.
“If it was a choice between Cardiff and Middlesbrough getting in the play-offs then, of course, I want Cardiff.
“It’s just a shame it was between us.
“I would have loved for Cardiff and Boro to go up as one and two in the league and not have to bother with the play-offs.
“Sadly that didn’t happen and it’s a shame they’re not in the play-offs – but when it came down to us or them we were determined to make sure we stayed there.”
Boro, beaten 2-1 at Watford on the final day, had occupied play-off territory for the bulk of the season, only to slip away in the final weeks.
But Taylor – who takes on West Ham in the semi-final first-leg on Thursday – believes that his old club can build on their success next season.
“It’s been a good year for Boro really when you think of what was probably expected at the start of the season,” he went on.
“They had a great start and were up there for most of the season.
“It’s a shame they fell away a bit but now they’ve got a chance to kick on next year.
“I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that we’re not in the same division!”