GARY ANDERSON admitted playing behind-closed-doors in Milton Keynes was a “bit strange” for the Matchplay.
The Flying Scotsman recovered from a sluggish start to dispose of Justin Pipe 10-5 in his opener earlier tonight.
Ando revealed that he didn’t feel right attempting to reclaim his Matchplay title and not playing at the Winter Gardens.
“We got there in the end. It’s a bit strange, a bit weird.
The Matchplay should be in Blackpool.
“You’ve got Matchplay Blackpool, Ally Pally World Championships. If that wasn’t there this year, would it be the World Championships? It wouldn’t feel like it.
“It doesn’t feel like the Matchplay. It’s a bit strange,
I think the players will tell you as the week goes on.”
Next up for Anderson is fellow former winner James Wade who beat Keegan Brown in a thriller earlier in the night.
He added: “I thought James did well, I thought Keegan played really well. That’s what Wadey does, he takes out the big finishes. It’s another tough game.”