Priestley on mindset during debut World Championship win in 1991: "I didn't want to have so many missed darts at double and look like I was going to blow it"
Dennis Priestley is a former two-time World Champion including being one of the only players to win the title on his debut back in 1991 defeating Eric Bristow 6-0 in the final.
Priestley defeated the likes of Phil Taylor and Bob Anderson en route as his rise to the top began; he spoke about his mindset during that final in a recent interview.
"The memories still fresh. We went off for the break and at that particular time I was 5 sets to nil up; I'm thinking I could do with having this break at this particular time.
"We went in the back, I just relaxed and just had a few practice darts and I kept telling myself right all it is now you're going back on and you're playing a county game; best of five legs. You've got to win it," said Priestley to Weekly Dartscast.
"I think Eric (Bristow) had one of his best legs in that particular set. I triumphed 3-1 in that final set. I don't think Eric won many legs at all anyway.
All I kept thinking was I want to win it but I didn't want to have so many missed darts at double and look like I was going to blow it. I took out 101 to win, a nice, clinical ending to the final."