Daryl Gurney has spoken out about the actions of the Exeter crowd during his Premier League Darts match there.
The Northern Irishman battled back to earn a 6-6 draw with Peter Wright in Nottingham. It leaves him eighth in the Premier League Darts table. In the two weeks previous, he was beaten 7-0 by James Wade in Aberdeen, and 7-1 by Rob Cross in Exeter. Gurney revealed to Live Darts after the Wright match that he had more than Cross against him on the night during his Devon outing.
“I was playing in Exeter and before I walked out I said to my manager, ‘I’m playing awful’,” said the 32-year-old.
“So I was expecting to get beat against Rob Cross, which I did.
“But I had people in the front row of the crowd giving me dog’s abuse. Slagging me, slagging my son.
“At that stage I was thinking more about jumping on the table rather than playing darts. Which is probably why I was playing so bad.”
Gurney’s experience is not dissimilar to James Wade’s. The Machine was forced to speak out after Twitter trolls targeted his infant son Arthur.
Looking ahead, Superchin is looking forward to bringing out his ‘psycho mode’ against Michael van Gerwen in Berlin. In their last stage meeting, Gurney beat the Dutchman to take the Players Championship Finals title.
“Whenever I play Michael, I go into some kind of psycho mode, because if you don’t do that you ain’t going to get nothing,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll do something next week to get a point or something from that game from Michael.”
Author: Ed McCosh