GARY: I’LL SORT OUT MY HEAD!
MCCOY’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS Anderson is fighting back after losing dad
GARY ANDERSON admits he needs more practice to have any chance of retaining his Mccoy’s Premier League crown.
The Scot has hardly had any preparation time recently because of illness to his dad, Gordon, who passed away last month after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.
Anderson missed one week of the competition because of his funeral, so he will play two matches in Sheffield on Thursday night against James Wade and Andy Hamilton.
He has slumped down the table and faces a battle to finish in the top four and qualify for next month’s play-offs.
Anderson was bashed 8-2 by Simon Whitlock last week and averaged just 94.
He said: “I can get my head sorted now and get back to practising.
“I’ve not put a lot of practice in for the past few months because of the family problems.
“When I was getting a day off I was going to Scotland and back. Now I’ve got to get back on the practice board.”
Anderson has a tough task at the Motorpoint Arena, but it’s nothing compared with the test facing Raymond van Barneveld.
The Dutchman goes up against unbeaten runaway leader Phil Taylor, but he believes he is running into the form that can finally land him his first televised win against “The Power” since 2008.
Barney averaged more than 112 when he beat Kevin Painter last week and insisted: “Everything has to be right when I play Phil.
“I remember last time we played he nicked the first leg off me and then I was on 95 in the second and he checked out.
“Those finishes are the ones you have to hit – 95, 117, 123 – because he’s always there.
“You get your chances but you always have to hit them.”
LEAGUE TABLE SLUMP: Anderson needs to hit better form to retain his title
IN FORM: Van Barneveld