Anderson: “It’s been an absolute nightmare. It is soul-destroying”

Gary Anderson returned to winning ways on Night Six of the Premier League, defeating Jonny Clayton, Peter Wright and Michael Smith to claim the £10,000 winner’s prize in Nottingham.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ came into Thursday’s action propping up the table, having failed to register a victory since his opening night success against Michael van Gerwen.

However, the 51-year-old ignited his campaign with a series of impressive performances at the Motorpoint Arena, posting ton-plus averages to defeat world No 1 Wright and former protege ‘Bully Boy’.

Anderson’s exploits lifted him above Joe Cullen and James Wade into sixth spot, and the two-time world champion was relieved to halt his five-match losing streak in the competition.

“I’m off the bottom of the table and I’m happy,” Anderson told Sky Sports post-match. “Just to get two points would have done me, I would have been happy.

“It was a struggle against Jonny, I played a bit better against Peter and I played well against Michael [Smith]. When I got near the winning line I was panicking a bit!

“I’m surprised after the way I’ve been playing. It’s been an absolute nightmare. It’s soul-destroying when you turn up week-in, week-out and get beaten, and you’re hitting 89 averages.

“Once we step on that stage, even if you know you’re struggling, you still want to win. On the practice board, everything’s fine but when I come up [on stage] everything’s not right so that’s up to me to sort out.”

The world No 6 will look to continue his resurgence in this weekend’s Players Championship double-header in Barnsley, before he takes on Cullen in Rotterdam next Thursday, as the sport’s biggest roadshow returns to the Netherlands for the first time since 2019.

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