Pressure mounting on all PDC McCoys Premier League Darts stars says Gary Anderson
Pressure is mounting on all ten McCoys Premier League Darts stars and not just those battling elimination according to Gary Anderson.
The Burnham-based 2011 champion locks horns with two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis at Manchester’s MEN Arena tonight for week six of the event.
Buoyed by a 7-5 defeat of PDC legend Phil Taylor seven days ago in Nottingham, the Flying Scotsman hopes to distance himself further from the bottom two with points against Lewis, who props up the standings.
And with only the table’s top eight progressing beyond the ninth night of action in Brighton, Anderson said everyone involved was feeling the heat.
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“There's plenty of pressure on us all now because nobody wants to be relegated after week nine, so it's a big game tonight,” said the world number 11.
“Adrian's a quick player, like myself, and it always seems to make for a good match when we play.”
Anderson has only picked up four points so far this season, and could be overtaken by Lewis on leg difference should the Stoke ace win by three or more legs in their Manchester meeting.
Lewis ended a four-game losing run when he picked up his first victory of the season a week ago, defeating Michael van Gerwen 7-4.
The world number two also won through to the semi-finals of the UK Masters in Minehead at the weekend, and hopes that the clash with Anderson - in a repeat of the 2011 World Championship and Premier League finals - will see him continue his bid to avoid relegation.
He said: “I thought I showed my class last Thursday and the weekend in Minehead was good for me too. It's given me a lot of confidence.
"It's always important to get your first couple of points on the board but I'm not going to change my routine; I'm practising every day and hopefully against Gary in Manchester I can do the same again.
"It's going to be a really tough game because he's a fantastic scorer. If I can keep on top of him scoring-wise and take my chances, then I've got a great chance."