Approved Garages caught up with Phil ‘the power’ Taylor prior to the anticipated match tonight against Michael van Gerwen…
How do you think you’re doing in the Premier League so far?
I'm doing alright so far! The first week, obviously, wasn't great when I lost to Barney but it's coming together nicely. I've won five in a row now and I want to push on now and make sure I qualify for the Play-Offs. That's my aim and once I've qualified I'll get myself ready for the semi-finals and final.
How do you feel about van Gerwens’ record breaking averages so far?
He's playing brilliantly and it's going to be an absolute cracker this week in Glasgow against him. He's won our last few games but I've missed doubles and I've not been too far off so I'm really looking forward to it.
You’re in superb form and you’ve averaged 115 in your win over Chisnall in Aberdeen – Are you feeling under pressure to continue this solid form?
I'm not really under pressure because I've got nothing to prove to anyone, but the standard now is so high that you've got to be playing that well. It's not just in the Premier League either - there's players on the tour that have never played on TV who are putting in massive averages and knocking you out!
What is the best advice you’ve been given in your darts career to date?
Over the last 25 or so years I've had loads of advice from everyone, but probably the way my mum and dad taught me how you've got to make sure you get up every day and do your job properly has always stuck with me - my mum would throw a bucket of water over me if I tried to stay in bed! So now, when I've won an event, you don't rest on your laurels, you start working to get ready for the next one.
How do you think the standard of playing has changed from five years ago and why?
The standard's really gone up and now there are so many players who can produce big averages on a regular basis. The game itself has really grown in the last five years, but with the ProTour and European Tour, we're playing so regularly that all the players are pushing each other week-in, week-out to get better, and the young kids coming through have no fear!
What’s been your favourite game in the Premier League so far?
This year it's probably been the game against Dave Chisnall in Aberdeen. It was 7-5 but it was a great match and Chizzy played really well. Sometimes they're the best games because your opponent is really pushing you.
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