Anderson fired up for World Matchplay glory by traffic torment

Anderson aims to seal a Last Eight spot (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson has revealed that he was fired-up for BetVictor World Matchplay glory by traffic jams.

The Flying Scotsman ground out a hard-fought 10-7 win over Stephen Bunting to set-up a mouth-watering clash with Raymond van Barneveld on Tuesday.

But Anderson, 47, admits that he got wound-up to end his Blackpool bogey while stuck in several miles of M6 queues.

He said: "I was making the same old mistakes missing silly shots and making a mess of it, there was one shot I made a shambles of the counting.

"Once we got level 5-5 and then 6-5 up after that my scoring got a lot better, finishing and tops were going in and just glad to get past the first round.

"I think it's now the first time I’ve ever been favourite or gone further than Michael van Gerwen as well. But these things happen!

"It's been well documented this isn't my favourite tournament but coming up here took 11 and a half hours and I was seething in the traffic - and that made me want to win.

"But I got here and got parked and now past the first round so I’m happier and hopefully it will easier from now."

Anderson has already picked up the UK Open trophy this year - another of his old jinx events - could it be the year that he ends all of his tournament voodoos?

He added: "Minehead was great, I think it was minus seven, no crowds and it was bizarre but it ended up fantastic for me.

"I just plod along. We're just back from Shanghai but I’ve been practising well by my standards. I'm sharing a place with Ian White so he moans at me if I don’t practice!

"I can't tell you what's wrong, I just can't get myself to a practice board that much. The other boys are working night and day on the board.

"But I'm not going to do that at night. I’ve been away for weeks and I've got kids to bath and spend time with them before they go to their beds.

"It’s really hard to combine the sport and be a proper dad. Hats off to MVG being on the road continually for the last five or six years."

Anderson also admits that his form has been patchy as he attempts to combine the heavy tournament schedule with home life.

He added: "Vegas was brilliant, Shanghai very different and that's kind of way it is now with me. But I've played darts for 23 years and if I can’t sort time off and combine home life and darts, I'd just have to take up bowls instead!"

Tournament sponsors BetVictor have installed Anderson as the 3/1 favourite for the title.




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