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Taylor won't retire despite shock defeat

ESPN staff
December 28, 2011
Dave Chisnall stunned Phil Taylor on Tuesday © Getty Images

Fifteen-time world champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor has vowed to bounce back from his exit at the PDC World Darts Championship on Tuesday, insisting he will not retire for at least "two or three years".

Taylor, yet again the overwhelming favourite at Alexandra Palace this year, found himself dumped out of the competition in surprising fashion - as Dave Chisnall romped to a 4-1 triumph in their second round match.

While admitting that a few issues affected his performance, Taylor gave full credit for the victory to Chisnall - and promised to come back stronger than ever rather than slip into retirement.

"I'm not going to knock my performance, I thought he was the better player. He was brilliant and I think the only thing missing for Dave tonight was the nine-darter," Taylor said after his loss.

"My eye-sight is not half as good as it was before. The heat got to me tonight as well. That's never happened before. It's something I've got to work on. I am a worker, I'll go back home and try and put things right.

"It's up to me now to work harder. I'm going to do another two or three years then I'll slide away quietly. I'm not retiring yet. I'm going to try harder in the next two or three years than I have ever done in my career."

Taylor could not put his finger on the exact reasons behind his defeat - revealing he threw a nine-darter in practice moments before the match - but suggested an early miss, an 87 checkout for the very first leg, knocked his confidence.

"I've had a good run leading up to this tournament, I've been playing really, really well. Sometimes it doesn't work, sometimes it does," he added.

"I felt great walking up the stairs, I hit a nine-darter in practice but it just didn't happen.

"The 87 I missed in the first leg really knocked my confidence and I don't know why. I couldn't get it out of my head whereas normally I just forget about it.

"Dave was the better player. When he took that fourth set it was a massive blow for me. I was trying but I just wasn't good enough."

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