Anderson wary of “dark horse” De Zwaan at the World Matchplay

Crowd favourite Anderson celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson wants to be presented with the new World Matchplay Phil Taylor Trophy by the man himself but is wary of “dark horse” Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Nine-dart hero Anderson lines-up against Dutch debutant De Zwaan in the Semi-Finals at the Winter Gardens on Saturday.

The Scot produced perfection in an epic Quarter-Final clash with Joe Cullen but feels that De Zwaan has been the player of the tournament.

"Jeffery to me has been the player of the tournament," said Anderson.

"I've heard players saying they are going to do this and they are going to win this, but Jeffery has been absolutely fantastic.

"If you are going to win the tournament, you are going to have to beat that boy.

"I've watched him in the practice room getting ready for his Quarter-Final. That boy is bang on it.

"His manager was there, his girlfiend, he doesn’t even talk to them.

"He’s just on that practice board doing his work. He’s here to do damage.

"He keeps himself to himself and plays his game. He’s the dark horse."

Anderson also admits he knew he was up for a perfect leg before his sensational clash with Cullen, which landed him a £45,000 bonus.

He added: "I fancied it. If you want to have a look at my phone, I sent a text to Matt [Rankin] at Unicorn asking if I’d get 100 sets of my new darts sent to me if I hit one.

"It went well, but it was the worst thing I did in the match. I went downhill rapidly afterwards.

"Tops was killing me. I think I hit it about twice in 90 attempts.

"If I’d hit it every leg that I went for it, it would have been easier, but Joe stuck in. He missed a couple of shots at double, but so did I.

"I was happy to get over the winning and, if he had won, I'd have patted him on the back.

"I’d have packed up on Saturday and drove back home to go to the airport for New Zealand on Monday.

"It would be great to win here. If Phil Taylor presents the trophy, it will make it sweeter.

"I’m going straight from here to New Zealand, so I won’t be taking 11 hours to get back down that motorway.

"They just can’t build motorways in Britain. Absolutely rotten."


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