Peter Wright and Michael Smith played out a draw (Picture: Michael Cooper/PDC)Peter Wright came away with a draw in his Premier League clash with Peter Wright, but he was far from impressed with conditions in Belfast.
‘Snakebite’ was nowhere near his brilliant best in Northern Ireland, averaging just 90.95, and he said that this was partially down to the temperature in the SSE Arena.
‘Obviously annoyed,’ Wright told Sky Sports after the match. ‘Michael should have won and I shouldn’t have.
‘But it wasn’t until the last three legs I could feel my darts, it’s freezing cold in here.
‘It’s very hard coming out here in the freezing cold.’
Smith was quick to agree, chiming in with, ‘it is cold in here.’
Smith was annoyed after the stalemate (Picture: Michael Cooper/PDC)‘Bully Boy’ averaged considerably more than his opponent, ending on 100.78, so he will have come away wondering how he didn’t pick up two points rather than one.
The draw leaves Smith eighth in the table and he was happy to admit that the draw left him frustrated, despite Wright taking a 6-5 lead in the best of 14 contest.
‘I’m pretty annoyed,’ said Smith. ‘I blew a lot of chances and when Peter broke me I thought I’d blew it all, but luckily I took my chance.
‘I’m really annoyed tonight, I got a point, it’s better than getting beat, so I’ll take some positives.
‘That’s why I’m annoyed, I needed the win, but I’ve got five games left and I need to win them all.
‘I can battle and fight back so I’ve got to do that in the next matches.’
It has been a disappointing campaign for both men thus far, with Wright only one place ahead of Smith in seventh after 10 matches played.
With both having reached the final of this competition before, many would have expected them to be contesting the semi-finals come May, and they could still be, but they have a lot of work to do.
Premier League Belfast Results
Mensur Suljovic (93.69) 8-6 (85.76) James Wade
Michael Smith (100.78) 7-7 (90.95) Peter Wright
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