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Anderson blasts Suljovic’s slow play as “absolute bull” following gruelling World Championship clash

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 29 Dec 2020
An irate Anderson looks on (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A furious Gary Anderson has hit out at Mensur Suljovic’s apparent gamesmanship during their World Championship clash at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

Anderson battled back from 3-2 down to close out a 4-3 victory in a marathon Third Round contest which saw Suljovic dictate the pace of the game.

The Austrian appeared to slow down the two-time World Champion in the early stages of the match before picking up the pace midway through.

Anderson dug deep to reach the Last 16 for the eleventh consecutive year but expressed his fury at Suljovic’s tactics in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

He described the game as: “Absolutely dire, an absolute joke of a game.

“Everyone says ‘why do you get cheesed off with darts?’, that’s one of the reasons. Absolute bull.

“For a start, we were told what tables we were on and I ended up on the wrong table for the duration of the game.

“I thought even Sky would have picked up on what tables the players should have been on for a start.

“Just before we went on stage we were told what tables we were on, Mensur went to the wrong table.

“I’m not going to say anything because it’s up to the refs and the staff.

“As usual, nothing was said and I had to bite the bullet and get on with it.

“You’re walking past the table you should be at, but you’ve got to cut across because the boy’s standing there.

“The next minute you go across he’s not there. What have you to do? My head was gone after the first set. I’d lost the plot.”

Anderson missed 33 darts at doubles and averaged 92.5 in an epic struggle to set up a Last 16 tie with either Devon Petersen or Jason Lowe.

The Scot, who turned 50 last week, admits he felt sorry for the TV audience and says he would not have blamed them for changing the channel.

“I nicked it at the end,” added Anderson. “I don’t know how but if that’s how darts is going then I’m off – I’m away for a game of golf or something. I’m not going through that again.

“Did you watch the last set? Or the third set? Was he slow then? No he wasn’t.

“I just want to play darts. I’m sure there are 90% of folk watching at home, they probably turned over and watched Corrie or something – I would have.

“There’s a lot of things that go on now, I just want to throw darts and if you get spanked, the boy’s been better than you and beaten you – shake his hand and on you go.

“But that’s a load of tripe.

“I feel sorry for the folk who watched it.”