Smith insists no margin for error in Premier League play-off quest

Smith acknowledges the crowd (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael Smith admits he will need to win all six remaining games if he is to secure a return to The O2 for Premier League Finals Night in May.

Smith finished runner-up to Michael van Gerwen last year after ending the league phase in second spot with 20 points and going on to defeat Gary Anderson in the Semi-Finals.

However, the World Championship finalist now finds himself rooted to the foot of the table after ten weeks of competition and three points adrift of the top four.

Smith, who was held to a 7-7 draw by Peter Wright in Belfast last week, insists he can ill-afford to drop any more points if he is to have any chance of gatecrashing the play-offs.

"I've got to win all the games left now," said Smith. "I can do it, I know I can because I've done it before.

"A win [against Wright] would have made it easier, it would have put me two points behind, but now it's three points.

"I need Michael and Rob to beat everyone apart from me!

"It's another lesson learned, it's a learning curve and I'm still learning.

"I've been horse manure this year and I've been rubbish in this Premier League, it's been bad and I've not stepped up once.

"I was killing it last year, every time I got a finish I was hitting it, it was killer instinct.

"I've still got it, but there's just that little doubt at the back of your mind."

Smith faces a make-or-break battle with rival Van Gerwen in Liverpool on Thursday as he looks to avenge his 7-5 defeat to the Dutchman on the opening night back in February.

The St Helens ace, however, has his eyes on the bigger picture and insists the Unibet Premier League is not the be all and end all of his season.

"It'll come back," he added. "The Premier League is not everything, as long as it doesn't crush me like it did in my first year, which it's not going to.

"I'm a big boy now, I can get over getting beaten and I can get ready for the rest of the year.

"It's getting harder to tell myself I'm not playing badly, but I had a killer instinct last year which I need to find again if I'm going to turn this season around.

"I'll keep on fighting, I've had the benefit of a few days resting at home ahead of a big night in Liverpool where I'll be giving absolutely everything to win."


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