By Phil Lanning
GARY ANDERSON admitted he “got away with it” after snatching a comeback victory over Ian White.
The Flying Scotsman looked dead and buried at 3-0 down in sets to his buddy at the Ally Pally last night.
But Ando, 51, somehow dragged himself back into the clash to win 4-3 as White missed a plethora of opportunities to go through.
He now faces Rob Cross in a last 16 tie on Thursday night and admitted: “I got away with it there. I started off bad, I actually started off fine and made an absolute mess of it.
“I’m fighting with myself with these darts, it’s doing my head in to be honest.
“I don’t think Ian played that well either. I think the first set I gave away to him, second set same again. Third set I thought I was going home.
“If you get that far in front you get a bit laksy daisy. If you start missing a few odd doubles and I start picking them off, panic sets in.
“That’s what happened in the last leg, the scoring wasn’t there. I’ve got to spend a few more days here, haven’t I.
“I wouldn’t have said that was the best. I still fight. Until the ref says game, shot and match, I’ll keep going.
“If you can’t get up for this you’re in trouble. My boy Tai would have sacked me as a dad if I’d lost. My wee girl has not got a clue what’s going on. It’s nice having them here.”
Cross won a cracking encounter to beat Daryl Gurney in the previous round but Anderson seems confident.
He added: “Rob Cross since he won the Worlds has been absolutely atrocious. Well I wouldn’t say atrocious, but not as good as what he was.
“But over the last eight months he’s been playing the way he used to.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.