Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

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.”

KNOCK­ERS: Ni­chol­son and


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