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Taylor became the 'Manchester United of darts'

ESPN staff
April 17, 2014
Phil Taylor admits his bad spell of form gave him sleeping trouble © PA Photos

Phil Taylor has insisted his recent spell of poor form is firmly behind him but admitted his blip left him feeling a bit like Manchester United.

Speaking to the Mirror, Taylor revealed how a bad winter, which saw him relinquish his PDC world crown and world No.1 status to Michael van Gerwen, had affected him off the oche as much as it had on it.

Taylor suffered humiliation on social media when he was compared to United's sudden demise, but the Stoke ace is adamant those dark days are behind him.

"I'll take that as a compliment. Yes, my form has been patchy this year, a bit like United... or maybe Port Vale," Taylor said.

"I'm still playing only 50% at my best and 50% rubbish, but when I get it right, it's still as good as new - a bit like Ryan Giggs."

"I've been through the mill, it's been a torrid few months, and there have been times when I've wondered where it was all going to end. I've been waking up in the middle of the night, wondering how I was going to break the cycle of bad results."

However, Taylor has enjoyed Premier League resurgence in recent weeks and now sits in a play-off place for the first time this season.

'The Power' faces Michael van Gerwen in Aberdeen on Thursday, part of a double header for the Dutchman, who also faces Taylor's former protégé and two-time world champion Adrian Lewis.

In the opening week of the tournament, defending champion Van Gerwen whitewashed Taylor 7-0 in Liverpool.

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