NASTY NIC TELLS CRITIC BRISTOW TO GET KNOTTED
PAUL NICHOLSON believes his return to form will silence his army of critics – including chief knocker Eric Bristow.
The colourful thrower reached the final of the Dutch Darts Masters on Sunday, losing 6-1 to fellow Aussie Simon Whitlock.
“It’s been a very, very tough year for me and I’ve fought my guts out,” he said. “Everybody wrote me off this year, absolutely everybody on Twitter, on Facebook, everybody on TV – especially Eric Bristow – and that was my catalyst. I haven’t really done anything wrong to anybody.
“I’m a very emotional guy, I’m very committed to what I do and I love what I do.
“It’s very harsh when I have got people in the sport giving me very bad comments for something I haven’t done.
“It’s really strange for me to have that kind of emotion.
“I may be the ‘bad boy’ of darts but at the same time I’m very humble and thankful of what I’ve got.
“But there are people who don’t like me and the one thing I want to do is shut them up and that is my motivation.
“At the end of the day, people like Eric Bristow can go and get knotted.”
Nicholson, 33, beat Michael van Gerwen and former World Youth Champion Arron Monk last week and is now targeting November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
He added: “I love what I’m doing and I’ve got no beef with anybody in this sport, but at the same time if they’ve got a beef with me then I’m going to shut them up.
“I want to do my talking on the dartboard.
“I am not a mean guy, as everybody knows, but when I’m on that board I’m a very competitive person and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
“I really just want to succeed and fulfil the ambitions that I have in the sport.
“I feel that I’m going somewhere and I actually like the character that I’m trying to purvey.”
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