GARY ANDERSON admitted he played “absolute rubbish” in patches but still booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Matchplay.
The Flying Scotsman showed glimpses of his dazzling best with two legs starting with six perfect legs in a battle of the former champions against James Wade.
But Ando just had a bit more in the tank in the latter stages to pull clear of The Machine in a proper slugfest at the Marshall Arena.
“I was a bit better in the scoring and some absolute rubbish in between but I got there in the end.
“The two legs 180 180 and made a mess of 141 thought the second time I’d get a bit closer but it was just as far away.
“The scoring is coming back, 180s helped me out a bit but I take these wee dips and it’a hard to get out of them.
“It doesn’t matter who you play in these days, you’ve got to beat every man in front of you. So it doesn’t matter if it’s No.1 seed or 128, you’ve got to beat them at the end of the day and vice versa.”
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