Clayton relishing underdog role, looking forward to Rock clash: "That's my kind of game"

After confidently dispatching a brave Brendan Dolan, Jonny Clayton is now set for his toughest test yet at this year's PDC World Darts Championship. A last-16 tie against darts' newest superstar, Josh Rock.

It's fair to say Clayton has gone somewhat under the radar so far in this year's World Championship. Despite having perhaps not yet produced his best darts, Clayton is a master at doing enough to get the job done. "I don't think it should have been 4-1," he admits. "I'm happy that it was but I've done my job tonight. Am I happy? Probably not but there's more in the tank."

Now the Ferret is looking forward to testing himself in what should be a mouthwatering clash against Rock. "He's my kind of player," Clayton says of Rock. "He's a rhythm player, fantastic player, good kid. Everything about Josh is brilliant so I'm going to look forward to playing against him. I know what he's about and that's my kind of game."

Despite being a former winner at the Premier League, the World Grand Prix, the Masters and the World Series Finals, Clayton has only ever reached the last 16 once before at the Ally Pally, losing in a classic encounter to Michael Smith 4-3 last year. For a player of his calibre, he has underperformed massively at the World Championship so he'll be looking to put that right.

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