Joe Cullen ready to clear the air with Gary Anderson after Premier League darts clash | Darts News
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By Tony Tighe
Last update: 03/30/22 23:16
Joe Cullen and Gary Anderson exchanged words after the Premier League quarter-final last week
Joe Cullen says he hasn’t spoken to Gary Anderson since their heated Rotterdam swap deal but would be happy to clear things up ahead of his bid for back-to-back Premier League wins.
The pair were embroiled in an angry showdown after their quarter-final on Night 7, which Cullen won 6-5 on a 74 check after Anderson missed three match darts.
When asked if he had since spoken to Anderson, Cullen replied sky sports“No. I haven’t seen him. I’ll leave that to Gary. If he wants to talk to me, I’ll be happy to talk to him.
“It’s just one of those things, especially with the boys in the Premier League. There are eight players, we see each other week in and week out. I see some of those boys more than my own kids.
“It’s a pretty isolated environment if you want to hold a grudge, and there will be no hard feelings on my part if Gary wants to clear things up. If he doesn’t, that’s no problem.”
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‘The Rockstar’ quickly put the spat with Anderson behind him as he beat two other World Championship winners in Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen to claim his first Premier League victory.
“It might have overshadowed the night if I hadn’t won, but I kept winning,” he said. “It showed a bit of maturity that I didn’t let it affect my game for the rest of the evening.
“It’s one of those situations where I might be a bit intimidated when you start playing against the big guns. But I see myself in the top tier of the elite by the minute.
“I think I handled it well, and obviously to win the night shows that I did.”
Wayne Mardle believes Cullen’s finish proved crucial in why he emerged victorious on Night 7 of the Premier League
After a frustrating start to his first season in the Premier League, Cullen rose from the bottom of the table to fourth thanks to his Dutch triumph, averaging over 50% at the checkouts over the three matches.
Having won his first televised tournament in January when he triumphed at the Masters, Cullen is headed in the right direction. But the 32-year-old says there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
“As far as form goes, I’m not over the moon with it, but I always seem to have stunning results,” he said.
“I’m sure my form will come back sooner rather than later and I can win games and look good doing it.”
Price hurt to play
Cullen’s quarter-final opponent in Birmingham on Thursday is Gerwyn Price, who has confirmed he will take part despite a broken bone in his throwing hand.
The world No. 2 was forced to withdraw from Night 5 at Brighton, where he was also due to face Cullen, but has since reached a Premier League semi-final and won a Players Championship in Germany last weekend.
“Gezzy is a fantastic player and a good professional as well, regardless of the injury,” Cullen said.
“I did an exhibition with him on Friday in Germany and I told him about it.
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“I think it’s more the fluid in his hand that’s harder for him to deal with than the fracture itself. Your hands are swollen, so there’s not a lot of touch or feeling. He said that he had had injections.
“I’m going to prepare for the best Gezzy of the night. If he doesn’t show up and I play well, then I can win. But either way, it should be a great game.”
Becoming the seventh different winner in eight Premier League nights, Cullen travels to the Utilita Arena aiming for back-to-back wins which would give him yet another reason to cheer ahead of next week’s Premier League event in Leeds.
“I think that’s the beauty of the format that the PDC has put together,” he said. “You could find yourself adrift at the start of the Premier League in the old format, where there’s only one game a night.
“But you can see last week I started the night bottom of the league, won the night, and the five points are worth more than the £10,000 on the night. It took me to fourth rank.
“My confidence is high. It’s nicer to win when I’m not playing at your best, like I did last week. I thought my score was bad but I finished well. If I can combine the two, there’s no reason I can’t go back to back.
“I am a proud Yorkshireman, and Yorkshire is a proud county in general. I will have some of my friends and family there. [in Leeds]and a strong crowd of 10,000 Yorkshires behind me.
“Hopefully if I can win on Thursday and then next week it would be great to come back to back.”