Glen Durrant left Alexandra Palace ‘very angry and disappointed’ despite a 3-0 win over Diogo Portela in the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship on Wednesday night.
The Premier League champion was not at his best, averaging just 88.37 but it was more than enough to beat the Brazilian who also struggled to find his best form.
It still represented a return to winning ways for Duzza after a serious dip in form after his Premier League triumph, which saw him fall at the first hurdle of the Grand Slam and Players Championship Finals.
The win was not enough to raise his spirits though, despite booking his spot in the last 32 after Christmas.
‘I’m just looking for a big win right now, I’m in this four or five week slump,’ Durrant told a post-match press conference.
‘The game of darts, a lot of it is in your mind and my mind was weak tonight. I’m pretty disappointed with my behaviour, in the way I produced darts, I’m just a little bit disappointed in myself.
‘I know I’ve always got my doubles, nine out of 14 is fantastic, but I’m not here to have an 88 average. I might go back and be happy with a 3-0 win but I thought there was better than that tonight.
‘I’ll be on the practice board tomorrow night, I’m very angry, very disappointed and I’ve won 3-0. That sums me up, I’m never happy.’
Durrant showed his frustration with how he was playing at the end of the second set when he checked out to go 2-0 ahead but left his darts in the board during the interval.
There was some confusion as Duzza left the stage and Portela wanted to practice but couldn’t touch his opponent’s darts and the Englishman says this lapse illustrated where his mind was.
‘I thought I must look a real wally on the stage, I won the second set and left two darts in the board!’ Durrant told Live Darts.
‘Well done on the win mate! I know it was far from our best, but I’ve learned a lot! I wish you good luck for the rest of the tournament.
‘Ps: wouldn’t we swap shirts?? I still waiting for yours!’
Durrant returns after Christmas to take on Adrian Lewis or the winner of Danny Baggish and Damon Heta.
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