Durrant down in the dumps

18 December 2020 03:07:16 GMTPlus11

Despite winning his first round match at the PDC World Darts Championship on Wednesday Glen Durrant was disappointed with his performance and behaviour on the oche.

Premier League champion Durrant averaged 88.37 in his 3-0 win over Diogo Portela, but has been in poor form for some time.

The current world number 12 had lost his last seven matches before heading to Alexandra Palace on Wednesday night, a slump in form which stretches back to his Premier League win back in October.

Durrant is a three-time BDO world champion but in his post-match interview suggest mental frailties may be impacting his performances, he said: "I'm just looking for a big win right now, I'm in this 4-5 week slump and I've been playing with Gabriel Clemens and I've been playing so much better than that.

"The game of darts, a lot of it is in your mind and I was weak tonight.

"I'm pretty disappointed in my behaviour. As in the way I produce darts tonight. I'm just a little bit disappointed in myself there.

"I'm not here to have an 88 average, I thought there was better than that tonight."

The 50-year-old is also working on the technical side of his game with help from former top pro and Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle, he added: "I think there was a couple of technical things. We go back to playing Simon Whitlock and averaging 118 at the Autumn Series 4-0 up, there's a little something which has come into my game which is not right with the throw.

"I had a chat with Wayne Mardle, see if he could help me and he told me everything I thought was the problem with my game."

Glen Durrant is 1212/1 to win the 2021 PDC Darts World Championship.

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