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Huybrechts blasts 'disrespectful' Taylor following dramatic Premier League draw in Brighton

Taylor reacts after securing a draw (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A disgruntled Kim Huybrechts has hit out at Phil Taylor following their highly-charged 6-6 draw in Week Four of the Premier League in Brighton on Thursday.

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Huybrechts led 6-4 before squandering three match darts to claim a first televised triumph over Taylor, before the 16-time World Champion rallied back to rescue a point.

Taylor, who has publicly criticised Huybrechts' trademark celebrations following their recent meetings in the World Championship, appeared unhappy with the Belgian's reactions again during a feisty affair at The Brighton Centre.

After landing double eight to secure a share of the spoils, Taylor unleashed a big celebration of his own, before taking down the dartboard to sign and give away to a member of the crowd.

Huybrechts, though, claims 'The Power' purposely chose not to ask him to sign the board, something which he believes is a mark of disrespect.

"I should have won, 100 per cent," said Huybrechts. "I gave it away and the way the game ended really annoyed me. 

"The way he reacted at the end was a sign to me and it's a stupid thing for me not being allowed to sign the board - I think it's a bit disrespectful.

"I've never beaten him on stage and I had the chances but bottled it.

"I'll be angry tomorrow too, I don't think I won a point, to me it feels like losing one." 

Huybrechts opened up an early 3-1 lead with the of aid of 110 and 87 finishes, and after Taylor had remained in touch at 4-3 behind, 'The Hurricane' blasted home a 140 checkout to restore daylight. 

A second 87 checkout secured Huybrechts a minimum of one point, but a missed attempt at double eight for a 136 checkout was punished by Taylor as he stepped in to force a deciding leg. 

Two more match darts went begging for the Belgian as he missed double top and double ten, allowing the Stoke maestro a reprieve, which he duly seized to spare his blushes.

An irate Huybrechts added: "I was very nervous throughout the whole game and throwing shaky darts.

"It's still a learning curve for me - a lot of these boys have been playing PDC Darts for 10-15 years, this is only my fifth year and my second Premier League.

"I'm very proud of myself, it's not where I want to be position-wise in the league but I'm getting there."

The result was enough to lift Huybrechts out of the bottom two, while Taylor protected his unbeaten start to the campaign and is now locked level at the top of the table on six points with Michael van Gerwen and James Wade.


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Huybrechts blasts "disrespectful" Taylor following dramatic Premier League draw in Brighton

A disgruntled Kim Huybrechts has hit out at Phil Taylor following their highly-charged 6-6 draw in Week Four of the Premier League in Brighton on Thursday.

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