Ando Into Semis Despite “Head Full Of Fairies.”

GARY ANDERSON sealed his place in the Betfred World Matchplay semis despite his head being “full of fairies”.

The Flying Scotsman won a gruelling battle with Simon Whitlock 16-12, finally pulling clear after a nip and tuck contest at the Marshall Arena.Now Ando faces his old protege Michael Smith in a proper slugfest last four draw on Saturday night for a place in the final.

He said:

“It’s OK when they go great but if you make a mistake Simon does what he does and punishes you big time, then you can’t get rid of him, he’s on your tail end all the time. Over the line, happy with that.”

“I’ve been doing that for the last two weeks but it’s not been working. Once I concentrate I’m alright.

But 99 per cent of the time my head is full of fairies.“

That’s how Simon plays, he’s been one of the top players for many years. Like I say, you give him one shot at the bull and like a few times tonight, he hits it.“

“A lot of the boys have said it’s a struggle, we’ll get there, everything is a new learning curve, it takes time.”

“Michael is after these titles now. He’s playing well and he’s putting everything into it. Definitely a toughie.”

Imagrs: Taylor Lanning