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Phil Taylor hits out at 'cocky' Michael van Gerwen following World Matchplay annihilation

Taylor celebrates against a shell-shocked MVG (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor believes Michael van Gerwen "got what he deserved" after inflicting a crushing defeat on the Dutch superstar in the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 World Matchplay on Friday.

Taylor produced a vintage performance to end Van Gerwen's two-year reign as Matchplay king with an emphatic 16-6 victory as he set up a Semi-Final show-down with Adrian Lewis.

The 15-time BetVictor World Matchplay champion thrilled a partisan Blackpool crowd - who gave the Dutchman a frosty reception for much of the contest.

Taylor, though, feels his rival was unequipped to deal with the added pressure of the crowd and insists he has no sympathy for the world number one.

"I went out to do a job," said Taylor. "The crowd went against him and he's not used to it.

"When we go to Rotterdam for the Premier League, this is what the Dutch players get and tonight was payback.

"He wasn't happy with it. He was out of his comfort zone, but the crowd don't throw your darts for you.
 
"Michael is world number one, World Champion, this, that and the other but he's beatable.

"He is a cocky lad and there won't be a lot of sad faces to see him get beaten."

Van Gerwen was heavily criticised after it was revealed on Dutch television he sent a text message to his friend Vincent van der Voort during the second interval of his Second Round match with Simon Whitlock.

Taylor believes the 28-year-old acted unprofessionally and rightfully received his comeuppance in their Last Eight clash.

"He's sat over there crying his eyes out," Taylor added. "He got what he deserved.

"It's ridiculous. During his match with Simon he's 8-2 up and texting Vincent van der Voort saying 'Simon Whitlock's out.'

"What's he doing? He's a professional, he's world number one and World Champion - grow up.

"I think he's just stupid for doing that and I'm going to tell him anyway."

Taylor squandered a 5-0 lead in an eventual 8-7 defeat to Van Gerwen in the Shanghai Masters earlier this month and admits he learned from crucial mistakes and refused to become embroiled in mind games.

"I played him a couple of weeks ago in China, I was 5-0 up and blew it.

"I let him off the hook and I know why I let him off the hook.

"If you want to beat me at mind games, you're not going to, you're going to have to beat me on the dartboard.

"His heart wasn't in it tonight, I think his mind was at other places - his wife is due to have a baby in the next few weeks."

Taylor is braced for an all-Stoke clash with Lewis in a match with signals a repeat of the 2013 World Matchplay final, and 'The Power' is hoping the crowd can play another integral part in carrying him through to a 17th Blackpool decider.

"If I have the same tomorrow, Adrian's going to feel it," added Taylor, who is now 11/8 favourite with BetVictor to claim the title.

"I'm not thinking about the title. I'm taking it one leg at a time and one game at a time.

"That's what I've been doing wrong, I've been in front and I've been thinking about it."


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Phil Taylor hits out at "cocky" Michael van Gerwen following World Matchplay annihilation

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