Smith watched as Anderson came from 5-2 down to lead but believes that he thoroughly deserved the third title of his career in Barnsley after admitting he came into the weekend with his confidence down.
Ross Smith seals third PDC ranking title, denies Gary Anderson first title in three years at Players Championship Five
“I think I thoroughly deserved the win if you look at the calibre of players I’ve beaten,” said Smith.
“I felt a bit edgy against Gary, but I told myself to just concentrate and stop thinking, and thankfully I got away with it, because we all know what Gary can do.
“I just play the player in front of me. I try to keep my feet on the ground. Nothing has been going right for me on the floor, but that changed today.
“I wasn’t quite expecting it. My confidence hasn’t been the greatest of late, so I am really happy to win this title.”