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Belfast switched on Power for super comeback: Taylor

 

By Laure James

Phil 'The Power' Taylor has credited a vocal Belfast crowd with his win over Gary Anderson at the SSE Arena last night.

Speaking after his majestic 7-4 comeback against two-time World champion Anderson, Taylor admitted he saw the match closing in on him.

"I was fearing the worst at one time and thinking I was going to lose 7-0," the legendary 56-year-old admitted.

"After 4-0, the treble 20s started going in and it was a different game. I was putting Gary under pressure and made him miss a little bit.

"When Gary's on form he's one of the toughest players you'll play and you have to hit your doubles when you have the chance."

Anderson raced into a 4-0 lead early on as Taylor struggled to find any kind of consistency with his throws.

But Belfast's boo-boys changed their tune and backed the veteran thrower as the 16-time world champ bit back.

"The crowd were fantastic. They got behind Gary, but as soon as you start performing over here they support you," Taylor continued.

"When you can turn the crowd around it's a great feeling, and they are so knowledgable about darts as well. It inspires you. I've loved tonight, and if I'd lost I'd have still enjoyed tonight."

Stoke man Taylor, however, admitted the time had come for him to put the arrows away for good.

He announced in January that 2017 would be his final year on the circuit as he looks toward retirement.

In the night's final tie, Taylor appeared to run out of gas against Dave Chisnall, who effortlessly ran out a 7-2 victor.

In fact 'Chizzy' opened the night by claiming his first win since Week Five in Exeter - when he also doubled up in the absence of Michael van Gerwen - by seeing off Adrian Lewis 7-3.

"I'm an old man now and it's time for me to step aside," Taylor confessed. "It's a young man's sport and I can't compete with them week-in and week-out. It takes it out on your body."

Chisnall was in a positive mood after his two-win night, and the World No.7 said he feels like he got the rub of the green in his matches.

"It feels good," Chisnall said. "It was always going to be a good match and it's nice to get the win, it takes some pressure off getting the two points.

"I started well and got into leads, but I knew (they) would come back at me. I was unlucky last week but this week I managed to hit the winning doubles."

Meanwhile, league leader Van Gerwen spoiled Raymond van Barneveld's 50th birthday celebrations.

'Barney' was marking the milestone in Belfast, but fellow countryman Van Gerwen was in no mood to add to his party, comfortably winning 7-2.

"It was a good win and I did the job tonight," said Van Gerwen. "I expected Raymond to play better on his birthday but there was only one winner tonight.

"He was not himself, I think it had to do with his birthday and the game against me put a bit of pressure on him on this day and he wasn't as focused."

In the night's other match, second-placed Peter Wright kept pressure on Van Gerwen as he saw off James Wade, 7-3.

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