GARY ANDERSON was steaming mad after seeing his Premier League defence derailed, admitting: “I made a right mess of it”.
The Flying Scotsman’s hopes of grabbing a third PL title hit the buffers after a stuttering 10-7 defeat at the hands of Phil Taylor in the O2 semi-finals last night.
The week began with the Flying Scotsman train gloriously chuffing over the Forth Bridge – but the darting equivalent was never on the right track against The Power.
Anderson admitted: “I made a right mess of it to be honest. It’s really disappointing for me. I missed too many doubles and then when I got back at Phil I just couldn’t get level, but I’ll be back.
“It’s disappointing to lose my title and it’s just as disappointing in the way it happened.
“Darts is a pretty simple game. You play well, you win, play poor and you lose.
“Going into the night, I felt good. I was hitting everything at an event I was at earlier in the week and I was ready to go.
“But, for whatever reason, I got up there and it didn’t happen. There was some daft darts. It was like someone else was throwing them. Every time I did something good, I did something wrong right after it.
“I broke Phil’s throw at one point and kicked off the next leg with 20-odd. That summed it up.
“I wanted to win the title again and, if I was going to lose it, I didn’t want to lose it like that.
“Fair play to Phil, he did the job on me, but I wasn’t anywhere near where I needed to be to get the trophy again.
“It’s gone now, no point moaning. It’s my own fault. I just need to make sure I come back bigger and better for the next events.
“After the start I had to the season I did well just to get to the Play-Offs, but when you’re here you want to win it and I’ve not done that tonight.”
Anderson made the worse possible start with Taylor hitting tops in the opening two legs to go 2-0 up but Ando was soon back on level terms at 2-2.
Then both players really hit the gas with the next five legs going with throw and a flurry of maximum 180s as both attempted to flex their muscles and take control.
But the old dog has still got a few tricks and has bite. Taylor was actually visibly shaking but it was Ando who wobbled. He missed three vital doubles to keep it 5-5 going into the break – but instead The Power swooped in with double 16 to move 6-4 ahead.
Taylor was soon 8-4 up but Ando once again fought back to 8-7 but again missed darts to go level. There was no stopping The Power this time and two clinical finishes killed off Anderson’s Premier League title hat-trick dream.
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