Anderson Inspired By Ronnie O.

GARY ANDERSON can take inspiration from similar character Ronnie O’Sullivan and go for Unibet Premier League glory.

The two-time World Champion resumes his league campaign in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night against protege Michael Smith.

He admitted he struggled to find his throw during his run to the Matchplay final last month just like O’Sullivan not having his cue action on the way to his sixth World Championship last weekend.

Ando said: “Yes I’m struggling to find my throw the now. It’s all about the throw. It is hard, people don’t realise how hard it is.

“Being on the road all the time, being away from home. It kind of gets to you. 

“Ronnie is probably the best snooker player to have ever lived. It’s all about the class.

I hope we never meet because I think we’ve got the same ideas!

Anderson faces Smith, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen on successive nights on his return to PL action at the Marshall Arena.

But that tough fixture list certainly doesn’t faze him. He added: “That’s alright, I take it as it comes. To win any tournaments nowadays with all these boys, you’ve got to beat every one of them. 

“I don’t think Michael van Gerwen is going to get all his own way now.

The boys are stepping up the ladder even more now. You’ve got to beat everyone who is put in front of you.

“He might think about it, I won’t be. So long as we go up there and have a good game. As long as I play well, that’s my battle.

“If we win, great bonus. If we don’t obviously I’ve not played well enough to beat Michael. It should be a good game hopefully.

“It’s been quiet this year with everything going on. We’re getting back to Milton Keynes, we’ve had the Pro Tour five days locked in there which I thought worked really well.

“Now we’ve got six nights Premier League, it will be good. You’re playing every night constant so once you’ve got into it a few nights, the darts will start to go back to the way they were I think.”

Despite feeling rusty throughout the World Matchplay, Anderson had a fine run to the final before being KO’d by a dominant Dimitri van den Bergh.

But Ando definitely takes the positives from such a good tournament having had so little competitive action in 2020.

He added:

“It was definitely strange. No crowd and that, you did hear the applause turn round and nobody there.

At the snooker it was the same kind of scenario.

“Dimitri never had much to beat in the final to be honest. I think I was stuck back on the M25 in that final. These things happen. You wake up next day and get on with it.

“I’m not being funny when I say we’ve had five or six months off. I played the three nights in the internet tournament we had, then four nights in Milton Keynes for the Pro Tours.

“They are the only darts that I’ve thrown. I expected first game Justin Pipe to be hard, got past that. I wasn’t looking to get to the final to be honest. The practice I’d put in was non-existent. Getting to the final was a bonus.”

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