Anderson vows Duzza will be "under the cosh"
By Phil Lanning 15/10/2020
GARY ANDERSON has vowed that his Unibet Premier League semi-final rival Glen Durrant will be “under the cosh”.
The Flying Scotsman kicks off his bid for a third title against table topper Duzza at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry tonight.
But Ando, 49, stoked up the fire before their clash by stating that he believes that the three-time Lakeside champ will have all the pressure.
He said: “You can lead the table for the whole season and if you get beat in the semis it’s gone. I think the pressure will be on him. He’s came in here topping the table, he’s got another two games to win now, he’s going to be under the cosh a bit.
“Glen has played brilliant. The first time in the Premier League is definitely an eye opener. It’s bit different a situation than we usually play in with big crowds. But he’s done brilliant.
“I was cheesed off in my game against him. I had him on toast. I made a completely mess of it. Nothing to do with Glen I just went to bits. Hopefully that won’t happen this time.
“I had a few extra nights practice up on that stage. I think all the boys will be up for this. Two semi-finals and a final, one night, hopefully everyone will be in top form.
“It would be great to win, might not be able to lift the trophy, my back is still a bit dodgy!
“To lift it for the third time would be fantastic. But it’s a tough job ahead and some cracking players in front of me.”
Anderson admitted that he struggled towards the end of the league season as he struggled to deal with being in the bubble for a fortnight in Milton Keynes.
He also dismissed any mind games provoked by Peter Wright who made himself the favourite to land the title.
Anderson added: “After the game with Michael Smith I’d had enough of this place. I’d been up in my room for seven or eight days, I just wanted to go home. It had got to me to be honest. I played rubbish the last two or three games but scraped through.
“Every player is different. If I was to worry what other players said I would have packed this game in 20 years ago.
“He’s got to stick to his word now. That’s the only thing when you say something. Of course Peter’s going to fancy it, he’s reigning World Champion and he’s in the semis of the Premier League.”
Meanwhile Durrant is happy to be the “outsider” taking on who he believes is the fourth best player ever to pick up a dart.
He said: “It’s a four-horse race now and I understand that I’m the outsider. I quite like that.
“I love the way (Gary) plays. The fourth best player to ever pick up a dart behind Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Eric Bristow.
“I’m just hoping he doesn’t bring his A game. Because when he’s flying, he’s a joy to watch. I remember so much his two world title wins back-to-back. He was very special and I love the way he plays.
“I like his attitude, just gets on with it, old school. I think he called me that recently. It’s a clash of two styles. I’m hoping my extra couple of seconds at the oche is going to be a big difference in the game. I’m up for the fight.”