PETER WRIGHT admits his Unibet Premier League has been a roller coaster after the “strange” 7-1 drubbing by Mensur Suljovic.
Snakebite’s campaign has been a whirl of ups and downs before facing Michael Smith in Nottingham tonight (Thurs).
Wright, 47, has produced an epic win and draw over Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson yet thrown away a 5-1 lead against Gerwyn Price and last week was smashed 7-1 by the Austrian.
He admitted: “I don’t know what happened last week, it was really strange. I felt fantastic but the darts didn’t go in.
“Hopefully I can get back to form, my form’s been up and down in the Premier League. Obviously I played brilliant against Gary Anderson getting a draw and beat Michael van Gerwen and then having some silly losses.
“Now it’s Michael Smith in Nottingham. Obviously it was great for Michael to get another chance in the Premier League because the first time he was in it he was very nervous but he played well last year and he deserved to get picked - and now he’s proved why.
“Hopefully I can keep him down but he’s going to be a dangerous customer.
“I know I need to get on the board and practice even more and hopefully hit Michael in the first couple of legs because he’s very good at winning the first few legs. So I’ll have to try and jump on top of him.”
Wright has rarely shown glimpses of the form that took him to World No 2 since his gallstones scare before Christmas and subsequent weight loss.
But he feels that the form is returning and looking forward to being back at the SSE Hydro in seven days.
He added: “I believe I’m in better form than I have been but I’ve not quite been getting the results, it’s not clicking in.
“It’s good we’ve got new players on board and old players back like Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock and they’re just proving how good they all are.
“It’s going to be very difficult and very tight on Judgement Night. I think I’m last game on but I’ll have to have a look!
“All the players are trying to avoid the drop zone. Obviously I’ve got a couple of tough weeks coming up with Michael and then Raymond van Barneveld in Glasgow so I know I need to get points out of those guys.
“It’s great that Scotland has got some superstars and the likes of Robert Thornton who was in the Premier League a couple of years ago, it would be nice to have him back. There’s also John Henderson, he’s another fantastic player and playing really well at the moment. Scottish darts is great.”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)