But for Anderson, that confident start wasn't the same off the board as he said that on the practice board, they weren't going like he wanted.
"I wasn't too confident. Weren't going too well on the practice board but down there they seemed to go alright. Seems a long throw I think we were kind of launching them but even Jose was saying he had to get a good stretch to get the darts going. But we got there and a wins a win," said Anderson post-match.
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Pressure off and pundits on the brain
Recent stellar form with two Players Championship titles for Anderson have seen many calling it vintage Flying Scotsman again and part of it is taking the handbrake off.
"I've passed the point of having pressure like you need to do this, I'm enjoying everything I'm doing right now. I've got my fishing lakes, I've got my family at home. Got my gardening and I've got a game of darts in between so everything's a ok right now. Loving it, I'm enjoying playing darts doing it this way so it's better than what it has been for the last couple of years."
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As well as Anderson as ever living to prove people wrong who doubt him including pundits.
"You know what I'm like with pundits, they say oh that's him he's done, and all that. If I've got to get out of my bed to prove you wrong, I'll try my damnedest. I'll give it a 199% chance to do it. I have noticed since practicing with Ryan (Searle), it's come on leaps and bounds."
But as well as pundits, players seem to also have his name on their lips again after his recent displays. Next up is Andrew Gilding in Leicester for the Scot.
"If I keep playing like this, I'll feel fine. I was laughing as I've already heard the boys whispering he's going alright him. I can turn up next game and play absolutely terrible so I'm not biting any bullet. I'm just here to play darts, if they go they go.