Phil Taylor has vowed to “push on” in 2015 after suffering only his fourth ever defeat in a World Championship final at the hands of Gary Anderson on Sunday night.
The Stoke legend was denied a 17th world title in a thrilling last-set decider as he went down 7-6 to the clinical Scotsman at Alexandra Palace.
That defeat signalled only his fourth in 20 World Championship final appearances, and after battling back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3, ‘The Power’ was left to rue what might have been as he watched Anderson punish his missed doubles to close out a landmark triumph.
“I’d got him by the short and curlys and then I missed crucial doubles after getting myself in a good position to win sets,” said Taylor.
“I should’ve been 6-3 up and I was just so annoyed with myself for doing all the things I shouldn’t do and don’t usually do.
“I was giving myself a rollicking and my mind wasn’t right. I could’ve won the World Championship, made it 17 and done a nine-darter at the same time and I should’ve done.
“This is a blip. I should never have lost against Barney (in 2007), I should never have lost against John Part (in 2003) and I should never have lost against Dennis Priestley (in 1994).
“In my mind I think I should never lose to anybody, but those lads deserved to beat me.
“I remember Dennis (Priestley) saying to me once: “It doesn’t matter how good your final was, people only remember the winner.”
Taylor’s season began perilously after he made a rocky start to his Premier League campaign with his new darts, but the 54-year-old soon rectified the problem as he went on to clinch the World Matchplay title for the 15th time, as well as the Sydney Masters and Grand Slam.
However, he was prevented from adding to his record haul on the 25th anniversary of his first triumph at Lakeside despite averaging 100.7 in a classic final.
The world number two insists he will strive to improve in the coming season after making further alterations to his setup during the World Championship.
Ally Pally agony: Taylor ponders defeat (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
He added: “I’m going to get better, I’m going to improve. My new darts are fantastic and I’m going to push forward with them.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am and how dedicated I want to be.
“I’ve got a couple of things this year that I’ve got to get through with one thing or another and once they’re over I can move on with my life.
“In 2015, I want to win everything. I’m going to dedicate myself and push on. I’ve had a good season but I’m going to have a better one this time.”
The sport’s greatest ever ambassador also paid tribute to the achievement of Anderson – who became only the seventh different winner of the PDC’s show-piece event since 1994 – and the third Scotsman ever to lift a world title.
“Gary is a cracking lad, I love him to bits and he did a job on me,” added a humble Taylor.
“He says he doesn’t practice, but trust me, he is dedicated and he’s doing everything right and that’s why he’s a winner.”