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Mum’s the word for Michael Smith as he eyes Premier League title tilt

Smith is sitting pretty in second spot at the halfway stage of competition (credit:Michael Cooper/PDC)

Michael Smith has acknowledged the part his mum has played in helping him hit top form in the 2018 Premier League.

Smith has enjoyed a sensational start to only his second Premier League campaign, winning seven of his opening nine matches to remain hot on the heels of league leader Michael van Gerwen.

The St Helens ace has swiftly banished a disappointing debut season in the elite invitational in 2016 - which saw him finish bottom of the table on Judgement Night with just three points to his name.

Smith is already five points clear of stablemate Gary Anderson in fifth position in his quest to reach May's play-offs and has revealed his recent run has been down, in part, to his straight-talking mother.

"I work on my game 4-7 hours a day religiously seven days a week," said Smith. "I might be natural but if you don't practice and put in the hard work, it's not going to happen.

"I've got my mum to thank.

"I'll do my own practice from 12-3 then I go to the pub from 7-10, at about 9pm my mum will come and watch me.

"She'll tell me I'm "throwing too fast" and "snatching" and that that's why I'm nowhere near.

"You don't argue back with your mum!" 

Smith has also maintained his red hot TV form in non-televised competition, picking up two ranking titles already this term, most recent at last Saturday's Players Championship event.

The 27-year-old is already halfway towards his target of four titles for the season but insists he is not ready to rest on his laurels.

"I said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to win four titles this year," he added. "The most I've ever done before was three.

"I came of age six months ago when my second son was born, I had to.

"I had to put something right and thankfully it's working now.

"The hard work, focus and mentality all rolls into one, it's not just about throwing a dart."

Smith is now odds-on to secure a place in the Premier League Semi-Finals at The O2 next month, and having soared clear of his initial target of avoiding elimination, 'Bully Boy' is now fully-focused on reaching finals night.

He added: "Elimination is done and I've got six weeks to focus on the top four now.

"I've not been playing well in the Premier League and still winning and it's showing that there's a second side to my game as well.

"I've not struggled against anyone so far apart from Michael [Van Gerwen], there's no one I can't play or can't beat.

"I was second bottom on the averages but second in the league and I wanted to prove what I can do and what I know and everyone knows I can do."



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