By Phil Lanning
GERWYN PRICE is aiming to end his Cazoo Premier League hoodoo after never finishing higher than fifth.
The 2021 World Champion takes on Gary Anderson on night two of this season at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool tonight.
But Price, 36, has not had a good time in the Premier League, admitting he “hated” his first year in it, missing out on the semis by a point on two occasions and then getting ruled out by a positive Covid test a year ago.
After missing out on defending the World title, he doesn’t believe he has to stamp his authority as the best player in the world.
He added: “Not at all, I know I’m playing well. On the day someone can just pip you a little bit like Jonny did and like Michael Smith did in the Worlds. Onto the next one. I don’t dwell too much on the past, I look towards what’s in front of me now.
“I can’t control what anyone else does. They can all throw darts fantastic. I only need to concentrate on my own game and do the best I can. As long as I’m on my game and keep them under pressure, that’s all I can do.
“I missed out last year and not really done well in this tournament before. I’ve reached the last five twice. It would be nice to get into the top four and lift this trophy.
“I want to win majors I haven’t won but this is the next big one on the list. Then the Matchplay Hopefully I can do that all in one year!
“I think in previous Premier Leagues I missed out on the top four by a point. Every week was vital then and every week is vital now. My mindset hasn’t changed.
“It’s been the same since day one. It’s different. If you can get a good start, and I’ve always felt that was important to get an early win to get the pressure off you early doors.”
Night 2 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Thursday February 10
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton v Michael Smith
James Wade v Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Images by Taylor Lanning.