Defiant Van Gerwen tells critics to “get the facts right”

Van Gerwen celebrates at the Aldersley Leisure Village (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen has hit back at the critics who believe he is ‘on the slide’, insisting they need to “get the facts right”.

The green machine stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam of Darts title with a commanding win over Joe Murnan to finish runner-up in Group A on Tuesday.

The world number one saw his remarkable 22-match winning run in the tournament ended by Jonny Clayton in a classic on Sunday evening but recovered in style to make it through to the knock-out phase.

Van Gerwen, who now faces Michael Smith in a mouthwatering Last 16 clash, said: "It wasn't an outstanding performance but I won the game and that's all that counts, whereas the other day I played a phenomenal game and lost.

"It would be nice to win this tournament again but there is a long way to go yet and it's going to be tough to beat the top players who are still left in.

"People have to play well if they want to beat me and sometimes at the moment they do just that.

"It's nothing to do with form. I keep telling myself it's just incidents, it normally doesn't happen.

"Normally Jonny Clayton doesn’t pull off results like that against the top ten in the world.

"Anyway, I've done well in the most important moments this year, I can’t really complain. I've won 18 tournaments this year, I think it's twice more than the world number two." 

Van Gerwen was the subject of a widely debated topic of who the current 'best player in the world' was following Anderson's spell of dominance in the summer, but MVG says he simply laughs off claims that his game is in decline.

He added: "It makes me smile that people think I'm on the slide. People just need to get the facts right. 

"I'm always motivated, I love winning and performing for the crowd and also for myself. I want to win tournaments.

"I know I'm playing well. I know I lost last week against Raymond van Barneveld and then Jonny this week but I lost with a 104 and 108 averages. Things like that can happen."

Ominously for his rivals, Mighty Mike also admits that his hunger for silverware remains as strong as ever.

He added: "Defeat still affects me that same as it did a few years back, I still always want to be a winner.

"If you win tournaments money only comes into it afterwards. Monday is nice but it’s never the main goal for me in darts, winning is.

"I want to be here for another few years so I need to make sure I keep performing like I am at the moment.

"This is definitely one of the tournaments I like to win, simple as that.

"Everyone has asked me the question about missing out on the World Championships since last year. That was just an incident as well!"


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