‘Snakey is going to be more dangerous’

Colin Lloyd

Darts Expert & Columnist

“He can just relax, go up there and throw darts. I actually think now he is going to be more dangerous”

Last Updated: 09/01/20 12:03am

Peter Wright won his maiden World Darts Championship
Peter Wright won his maiden World Darts Championship

Peter Wright “is going to be more dangerous” after winning his maiden World Darts Championship title, says Colin Lloyd.

The 49-year-old Scot walked away with the biggest prize in the game by shocking Michael van Gerwen 7-3 at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day.

And Wright, who had lost to the Dutchman in major finals on nine previous occasions before breaking his duck, has now become a real threat to become No 1.

Lloyd believes ‘Snakebite’ can now relax after winning the Worlds and “throw darts” which he says make him more dangerous.

He doesn’t have to put the pressure on himself anymore.

Colin Lloyd on Peter Wright

“I sat there spotting and all of a sudden I see him throw his three practice darts and I thought to myself ‘oh, my god’ and at the end of the game I thought ‘oh, my god’. He just absolutely hit everything and smashed four and five hundred-plus outs, was rattling in 180s for fun,” said former World Matchplay and World Grand Prix winner, Lloyd.

“What people seem to forget is, yes he’s lost in finals to MVG, but people forget that he is a major champion having won the UK Open. And now he’s won the biggest of all.

“People who say that MVG didn’t turn up for the final, of course he turned up for the final. He wasn’t hitting his doubles because of the pressure Peter was putting on him.

“Peter has been saying for years ‘I will be world champion’ and now he is. He doesn’t have to put the pressure on himself anymore. He can just relax, go up there and throw darts. I actually think now he is going to be more dangerous.

“Every time he had a shot at a finish you’re thinking ‘he could absolutely nail this’. He looked good and he looked comfortable. From the quarter-finals onwards his focus was there.”

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A recap of all the action from the final of the World Darts Championship
A recap of all the action from the final of the World Darts Championship

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Coverage of the Premier League gets underway on Thursday, February 6 in Aberdeen at 7pm on Sky Sports Action with newly-crowned world champion Peter Wright going up against Michael van Gerwen. Gary Anderson and ‘Challenger’ John Henderson also take to the stage.

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