Anderson on falling short to Smith: I made a “right arse of it”

Anderson falls short at the Semi-Final hurdle (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Gary Anderson admits he made a “right arse of it” after being knocked out of the Unibet Premier League by his protege Michael Smith.

The Flying Scotsman was downed by Bully Boy 10-6 in their semi-final master against apprentice clash at a sell-out 10,000 O2 in London last night.

But it was Michael van Gerwen who stole the show again, winning his third successive Premier League and the £250,000 top prize, beating Smith 11-4 in the final.

Anderson admitted: “The boy done alright. I got it back to 4-4 and I thought I had a chance but I made a right arse of it from then on.

“Michael then stepped in and once he got his throw ahead he just kept going. But he did well and fair play to him.

“I just couldn’t get my tops to work tonight and I could have just stuck on the 19s because I was missing everything up the board. Tops I should have just left that alone.

“But he done well. There’s a few shots he missed at tops as well but he never misses double 10. However it’s been good and the Michael has done well.

“The way I’ve been the last 12 months making the semi-finals has been a bonus. The UK Open was a bonus. But I think getting to the last four was a bit of a pinch.

“I’ve had some good games and some terrible ones but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

“But obviously I’m delighted to Michael. I’ll be on the end of all the banter for a few weeks now but secretly I’m pleased for him.

“I don’t think it’s a pivotal moment for Michael because I wasn’t at my very best but it’s another huge step of progress for him.”

Anderson was left in Smith’s wake as he roared out the traps to lead 4-1. The Scot fought back to 4-4 but Bully Boy reeled off three successive legs to take control and soon wrapped up a famous win over his mentor.


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