Smith ‘frustrated’ despite Cross win: ‘I could have wrapped it up earlier’

Michael Smith held his nerve in a deciding leg to see off Rob Cross and reach the Quarter-Finals at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Smith though had chances to win it beforehand and he admitted frustration at not being able to get over the line.

"I'm happy but also a bit frustrated because I could have wrapped it up earlier, but I'm proud of how I handled that last leg because I could have buckled," said Smith. "I wanted it so much and I'm happy.

"I was a bit patchy in the game but it was a tough game for me tonight, especially against Rob. He's got a great record against me so it's about time I got one back.

"It was a battle but I can put that to one side and it's a new game tomorrow against Jose. I'm glad I'm in the quarter-finals, it's a tournament that I love and I'm looking forward to tomorrow now."

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