No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Anderson rues Finals Night fatigue but hails Smith’s Premier League impact

Anderson congratulates Smith on stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson admits he needs to pace himself after tiredness wrecked his Premier League title hopes but has hailed the efforts of his stablemate Michael Smith.

The Flying Scotsman went down 10-6 in the semi-finals to his protege Michael Smith at The O2 on Thursday night, as rival Michael van Gerwen waltzed off with yet another major trophy.

Anderson, 47, later revealed that he felt living out of a suitcase on the gruelling PDC global circuit was taking its toll on his health.

He revealed: "I wasn’t 100 per cent up there. If I play my right game then he knows what he is going to get but it is my attitude right for the game at the moment? It's not been for a while.

"I'm tired and living out of a suitcase takes its toll. It’s hard putting my body through that. I've been about a long time, playing darts all over the world for 20-odd years. 

"It's been good but I’ve got to pace myself now to stay at the top. This is my life and my body and it’s getting harder and harder."

The only consolation in defeat for Anderson was seeing another huge leap in progress for his buddy Smith.

Bully Boy showed real mettle to beat his mentor after his 4-1 lead was whittled back to 4-4. But Smith found another gear to see off the Scot. 

He went onto lose the final to the almost invincible MVG - who averaged 112.37 - but it shows that Smith is making signs of getting to the top yet again.

Anderson added: "I think Michael was 2-1 up and I made a complete hash of the fourth leg. The first dart was about a quarter of an inch below the treble 20, every dart, so when it’s like that you’ve got no chance.

"Michael got a bit of a raw deal last time in the Premier League but he’s proved himself now and I’m genuinely delighted for him.

"I told him on stage after he beat me that he better win or I’ll batter him afterwards. I wished him all the best and I was pleased for him.

"I've been saying it for seven or eight years now how Michael can play. Still to this day I've not seen him play on stage like I know he can.

"The thing about Michael is that he's a bit of a thinker. He needs to lose that. He’ll tell you the rankings before we arrive on the weekend for the Pro Tour, who’s doing what. He’s got to forget all that, it really doesn’t matter.

"You do what you do and that’s all you’ve got to concentrate on. He just needs to play his own game, stop listening to other people who tell you if you win two games you’re going to jump up a spot, if you lose a game you’re going to be joint ninth.

"Sod it. Don’t listen to that, play your game and I think that’s his downfall. He listens to a lot of things. He should just be up there playing darts and that’s it.

"He could be a player who wins once and dominates. But we don’t know until it happens. We’ve seen it before with Michael van Gerwen who just seemed to get his first title and carry on four or five years ago."



BONUS BETS United States
Change Location

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Anderson rues Finals Night fatigue but hails Smith’s Premier League impact

Gary Anderson admits he needs to pace himself after tiredness wrecked his Premier League title hopes but has hailed the efforts of his stablemate Michael Smith.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages