Anderson revels in “special” Taylor win

January 05, 2015 11:22:36 UK

Gary Anderson said victory over the 16-time competition winner Phil Taylor in the final of the PDC World Darts Championship made it “that bit more special”.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ edged a thrilling 7-6 nail-biter at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday to claim the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy and £250,000 in prize money.

The legendary Stoke thrower Taylor was seeking his 17th world crown and fought back from 3-1 and 6-4 down to level at 6-6.

Phil is the best, he always will be the best – even 100 years from now.

Gary Anderson

Anderson, a runner-up in 2011 at the same venue, won the first leg of the decider and then secured the sport’s biggest prize when Taylor missed double 16 in the next.

‘The Power’ missed a total of 55 doubles as he suffered only his fourth defeat in 20 world final appearances and Anderson said he did not want to pass up his chance of glory.

“Me and Phil have had some battles over last five or six years, he’s won a lot of them but I’ll take my win now!” Anderson told reporters.

“Phil is the best, he always will be the best – even 100 years from now – so that makes winning this against him that bit more special. I think it’s going to take a while to sink in.

“When Phil got back and won those two sets to make it 6-6 I thought the game was gone – Phil’s been there 16 times and knows how to win it from there, but I came out strong in the last and managed to take it in the end.”

“Doubles cost me a couple of sets and he took advantage,” the second seed Taylor told reporters. “My double eight and 16 were awful but Gary put me under pressure.

“At 6-6 I felt I had him and my energy levels were good, but he did a job on me and he beat me up in the last set.”

Anderson, who also dethroned defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, is the first Scot to win a world title since Les ‘McDanger’ Wallace claimed the BDO crown in 1997.

Gary Anderson is currently priced 6.50 in the 2015 Premier League Darts outright winner betting in advance of the competition starting at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday 5th February, with Taylor 3.25 and Van Gerwen 3.50.

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