After going 4-0 up, Stephen Bunting had the usual Nathan Aspinall comeback to contend with as 'The Asp' returned to force a decider but as he said post match, winning the bull was mightily important as he moves on at the Masters.
"It put me on edge but I also knew I had the darts, it's so vitally important over a best of 11 format to win the bull. It gave me the advantage in the end and proved costly in the end," said Bunting post match.
Bunting survives comeback and dumps out Aspinall, Van Duijvenbode dispatches Ratajski as Masters continues
"If I play my best game and the games I was playing at Ally Pally, I feel really comfortable at the minute. I've just had a lovely holiday, I've come back and I feel fresh and I cannot wait for tomorrow (Saturday) now."
A lot of talk surrounds a certain Premier League at the moment and Bunting will be trying to force his way into it this weekend.
"Any player would be stupid to say they didn't want to play in the Premier League. I've had a taste of it, I've had a taste as a contender as well and it's a dream to get back into that tournament. I know I'm playing well enough but I know I also need to produce the results and who's to say I can't go onto win this and my name is in the hat."
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