Gary Anderson: Beating Phil Taylor a 'great boost' in McCoys Premier League Darts
Gary Anderson became the first man to beat reigning world champion Phil Taylor in this year's McCoys Premier League Darts at Nottingham last night.
Scotsman Anderson, from Burnham-on-Sea, fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Taylor 7-5 at the Capital FM Arena.
"It's a great boost to beat Phil," said Anderson. "I've played Phil a lot of times and been hammered so I'll take this - but I thought I was going to throw it away at one point and it was great to finally hit that double ten.
"I usually struggle on double ten but they were pretty good. My game's still not where I want it to be on stage and the game I'm producing in practice isn't coming out on stage yet.
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"I had a shaky start, but I shut my eyes and the darts seemed to go in."
Anderson quickly pegged back that early 2-0 deficit to level at 2-2 and, from then until the end of the match, there was never more than one leg in it.
Anderson broke throw to go 5-4 up, but was then unable to hold his throw in the next leg and allowed 16-time world champion Taylor to check out on 71 and level things.
The Scotsman again broke throw to lead 6-5, but only after Taylor had missed a dart at double top, and then nailed double 10 to clinch the 7-5 win after missing tops for a 120 finish.
"I missed some doubles there and Gary hit some great doubles of his own, and he beat me fair and square," said Taylor.
"It's a long season and there's a lot of games left, and I'll look to put it right next week."
Next Thursday in Manchester, Anderson takes on Adrian Lewis.