Power urges young guns to take chill pill


Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14 -

PHIL TAY­LOR has told his young Pre­mier League ri­vals to stop beat­ing them­selves up.

Tay­lor drew with emerg­ing Dutch star Michael van Ger­wen on the open­ing night in Belfast last week, while Adrian Lewis and Wes New­ton suf­fered de­feats.

New­ton missed a host of dou­bles dur­ing his 7-4 de­feat to James Wade, while two-time world cham­pion Lewis was thumped 7-3 by Simon Whit­lock.

Tay­lor, the 16-time world cham­pion and reign­ing Pre­mier League king, has urged Lewis to re­lax ahead of their Aberdeen show­down on Thurs­day.

And he be­lieves that New­ton should fol­low suit if he is to take any­thing from his meet­ing with Ray­mond van Barn­eveld.

“You learn with ex­pe­ri­ence how to deal with the Pre­mier League,” said “The Power”.

“You can’t look too much at the form in the first cou­ple of weeks.

“Ob­vi­ously, ev­ery­body wants to win and they’re gut­ted if they lose.

“Wes and Adrian were dev­as­tated at los­ing, but they’re still young and they’ve got a lot to learn.

“For Wes, it’s his first sea­son and he’s got to take his time to get used to the big stage – it’s a learn­ing curve.”

Scot­tish hero Robert Thorn­ton plays Van Ger­wen, Gary An­der­son faces Whit­lock and Wade plays Andy Hamil­ton.


: Tay­lor

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