Taylor to target Lewis
Power looking to focus on matching Lewis after Premier League defeat
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 20/05/11 1:30pm
Taylor: Well beaten by Lewis at Wembley
Phil Taylor was left bitterly frustrated at his below-par performance during a semi-final thrashing by Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals of the Premier League darts play-offs.
'The Power' entered the finals at Wembley Arena as the league leader on the back of 13 straight wins in the 88.com Premier League.
However, he was strangely flat on stage and crumbled to an 8-3 reverse at the hands of world champion Lewis, who was then beaten by Gary Anderson in the final.
Taylor lost his league opener against Lewis, but then rattled off 13 wins on the bounce, but losing with such a poor display saw him leave Wembley deeply frustrated.
"I'm really frustrated, especially after the league I've just had with winning 13 on the trot," said Taylor. "The first dart just kept landing on the wire and I simply never got it right throughout the match."
Taylor will now hit the practice board and hope to come back firing for the upcoming UK Open in Bolton in June and the following World Matchplay in Blackpool.
The 15-time world champion said he felt in top form at Wembley but just could not find his feet on the big stage.
"Upstairs in practice I was brilliant and I hit about 45 180s in practice, but that's not downstairs on stage and I'm very disappointed with my performance.
"My preparation wasn't right and I feel like I've got a lot to prove. I've got to knuckle down, as I normally do, and put things right over the next few months.
"I'll get ready now for the UK Open, prepare for Blackpool for the World Matchplay and the World Championship. Adrian's my target now, my inspiration to put it right."
Taylor did take third place as he beat Raymond van Barneveld in the third-place play-off, which was a bizarre low key affair with neither of the old rivals wanting to be involved in that consolation match.
Dutchman Barney started well in his semi-final with Anderson but faded badly and he could not hide his disappointment as he laboured through the third place match.
"I'm so disappointed," said van Barneveld. "From the first dart I didn't feel right on stage and my best game didn't come out. Maybe the travelling from Holland to the UK for the last three months caught up with me, but I gave it my all."