Winstanley: Anyone can flip The Power’s off-switch at PDC World Championship

Dean Winstanley will start his PDC World Darts Championship campaign against Richie Burnett.
Dean Winstanley will start his PDC World Darts Championship campaign against Richie Burnett.
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Dean Winstanley insists there is no need to fear Phil Taylor heading into the PDC World Darts Championship which starts tomorrow night.

The Power is on the hunt for an incredible 17th world title at the Alexandra Palace over the festive period.

But Rotherham-born thrower Winstanley says anyone in the 72 man field is capable of going all the way.

“We all go there with exactly the same aim and that is to become world champion,” the 32-year-old said.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the odds on favourite or a preliminary qualifier, there’s no difference in your goal.

“Everyone knows Phil Taylor has what it takes to do it and that he’s on great form going into the tournament.

“But everyone is capable of going right through.

“Hopefully it will be me that shows that over the next couple of weeks.

“Michael van Gerwen has built a reputation as a machine that can’t be stopped but I was so close to doing that at the Grand Slam but messed up on the doubles.

“It’s time he was brought down a peg or two and I’ve shown it can be done.”

The world number 37 kicks off his campaign against former BDO world champion Richie Burnett in the final match of the opening night.

He wrote his name into world championship folklore last year after landing only the fourth nine dart finish in the tournament’s history during his second round clash with Vincent van der Voort.

The Swinton ace leapt off the stage in a celebration which will have a place on highlights packages for years.

But he went on to lose the match and has suffered from poor form over the past year.

He said: “I’ve looked back on that nine-darter as a blessing and a curse.

“I’ve not had the best of years and I think, certainly towards the start of the year, I was affected by it.

“It’s been a poor year for me. I was on TV twice this year and that’s not nearly enough for where I want to be.

“Things have started to come together well, and at the right time.”