Simon Whitlock is confident he will bounce back from his opening week defeat as he aims to get off the mark in the Premier League in Bournemouth.

The world number three was beaten 7-1 by Adrian Lewis on the opening night of the season in Liverpool last week.

LeylandBut Whitlock, who is sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints, has already put that behind him and is looking forward to taking on talented Scotsman Gary Anderson.

“Last week was disappointing and I didn’t feel quite right up on stage,” said Australian Whitlock, who is now based in Waterlooville.

“Credit to Adrian because he performed very well but that’s gone now and I’m just looking forward.

“It will be a tough game against Gary but I’m ready to go in Bournemouth and excited by what is ahead.

The aim is to get into the top four at the end of 15 weeks and I’m very confident I can achieve that.”

Like Whitlock, Anderson was beaten on the opening night which makes Thursday’s clash an important one for both players.

“Getting that first win in the Premier League is always a great feeling and hopefully it will come my way on Thursday,” added the Wizard of Oz.

“It’s a big game for Gary and myself and it will be a big boost for whoever gets the win.”

Whitlock’s fellow Premier League star and Man-of-the-moment Michael van Gerwen who is also sponsored by Leyland Paints insists he will not rest on his laurels as he aims to continue his perfect start to the Premier League Darts campaign.

The Dutch maestro turned in a majestic display to whitewash 16-times world champion Phil Taylor 7-0 in Liverpool last week.

But van Gerwen, who is being sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints throughout 2014, insists he will remain fully focused and not get carried away with his powerful start as he prepares to take on Robert Thornton in Bournemouth on Thursday.

“To beat Phil 7-0 was a fantastic start and I couldn’t have imaged a result like that before we went on stage,” said the 24-year-old van Gerwen, who is newly-crowned world champion and current world number one.

“I scored well and took my chances so I was very pleased. It’s great to get an early victory and the more points you can pick up now, the less pressure is on as the season progresses.

“But it’s only one game and I know I have to stay really focused because Phil will come back strongly and the other eight players are all world-class.”

Thornton was beaten 7-5 by Dave Chisnall in Liverpool on the opening night, but van Gerwen knows a tough match is in store in what will be the final encounter of the night.

“Robert has been very strong and consistent over the last two years and he’s used to big occasions like the Premier League,” he added.

“He will be disappointed to have lost his first match but every opponent is dangerous in the Premier League and I’m going to have to be at my best to have a chance of collecting another win.”

Leyland Paints was founded in 1922 and has a long and distinguished history as a manufacturer and supplier of decorative paints, particularly targeted at tradesmen.



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