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Home hero Anderson aiming to seal Premier League play-off place with win in Aberdeen

Anderson aims to secure his play-off spot on home soil (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson admits that playing in Scotland makes him SICK with nerves - but is aiming to finish his Premier League campaign with glory for the fans.

The Flying Scotsman takes on rival Michael van Gerwen at the BHGE Arena in Aberdeen on Thursday as he bids to seal his place in the final four.

Anderson, 47, just needs one leg to book his Play-Off at the O2 in a week’s time but won’t be settling for anything less than a win for his home fans.

He admitted: "I love coming home to play in front of my own fans. It’s always very special and I’ve got a decent record in Aberdeen.

“Obviously Michael will be a tough opponent. I’ve just got to make sure I do enough to get to the O2 without any dramas.

“It’s all about producing at the right times now, I want to win in Scotland and not let the fans down who never fail me.

“I’ve only lost once in Aberdeen I think and that was to Michael last year so I guess I owe him one for that. We had a decent match in Newcastle earlier in the year, we always seem to bring the best out in each other.

“I’m much happier playing in Scotland now than a few years back. I always struggled because I want to win so much for the fans, I really can’t bear the thought of letting them down.

“In saying that, I felt sick as a dog all afternoon before playing at The Hydro in Glasgow a couple of months ago. It’s the only time I feel that way and it’s because I just want to win for the fans.

“It’s mad really. I don’t get like that for any other matches other than the ones in Scotland. But I’m much better at dealing with it on the stage. I still get crazy goosebumps on stage when they sing my name. It’s the best feeling in the world. But then I need to concentrate on winning!

“There’s one thing for sure, it won’t bother Michael. He’ll just get up there and do his thing. He lost both his matches in Rotterdam so he won’t be worried about beating me in Scotland. I’ve just got to stop him somehow.”

The only other issue to be settled in Aberdeen, providing Anderson gets the necessary one leg to qualify for The O2, is the final order of the top four and who meets who in the semi-finals.

If MVG beats The Flying Scotsman at the BHGE Arena they will meet again in the Play-Offs in a week’s time at The O2 in London. 

But that doesn’t worry the double PL champion. He added: “I really don’t care where I finish in the top four and who I face at the O2. All I’m fussed about is playing my best game when I get there.

“We all start equal again in London. It really doesn’t matter who has done what and where they have finished in the league.

“It’s all about what happens on the night. All of us are capable of winning it and all four have shown they can produce when it matters.

“Personally, I love the Premier League and especially finals night. I’ve won it twice and I like the thought of a hat-trick.”


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