By Phil Lanning
MICHAEL van Gerwen dubbed his rivals “boring” after dumping his bogey player Jonny Clayton to stay joint top of the Premier League.
The mean, green machine was once again massively animated and loud during his 8-5 win in Milton Keynes last night.
MVG has looked far more impressive this week and wrapped it up with a 124 kill but he revealed he needed his self-motivation to get fired-up without fans in the arena.
He said: “I have to because there’s no crowd. I have to create games all by myself because most of my opponents I play they’re not really nice to watch. There’s nothing in them. They’re a bit boring.
“They’re all good players but are they also good players when there’s 8,000 people in the venue. That’s a different story.
“It wasn’t as nice as yesterday but I had to work for this one really hardly and Jonny (Clayton) is always doing a good job against me. I was trying maybe too hard and I don’t do what I want to do on the stage but even more I’m happy now with the win.
“This is what confidence does to you, I feel absolutely phenomenal and I know I’ve got more in the tank and I know I can do a lot better but games like this gives you confidence.”
Gary Anderson kept his Premier League title hopes alive with a thumping win over injured rival Peter Wright.
The Flying Scotsman beat his Scottish World Cup partner 8-3 to stay in touch with the Play-Off places.
Ando, 50, was always in control against Wright who was clearly struggling with a right shoulder injury throughout the low-key clash.
He admitted: “I played alright, scoring was alright. A couple of doubles at the end I kind of snatched a bit but they went in for a change.
“Bookies have got me at 40-1 now, I want to try and cost them a lot of money. I love doing that to bookies, get it right into them!
“I tried my old darts last night and never worked. Practice board they were fine but up here an absolute bag of nails. I went back to the old darts and they went OK.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.