MICHAEL VAN GERWEN believes that his Unibet Premier League double-header in Manchester is the perfect opportunity to get over last week’s Rotterdam nightmare.
The world number one was beaten in successive Premier League matches for the first time in his six-year spell in the tournament after losing out to Peter Wright and Raymond Van Barneveld over two nights in his homeland.
While the Dutch ace admitted that he was bitterly disappointed with his results in the Netherlands, he does not think it will affect the outcome of his campaign as he bids to keep his remarkable perfect record of finishing top of the league table.
“It was a horrible feeling last week,” said Van Gerwen, the world number one.
“I was so determined to do very well in Rotterdam, especially for all the brilliant fans, but I couldn’t seem to find the right shots at the right times. My opponents did that so well done to them.
“The good thing is that this happened in the Premier League, where the whole season doesn’t depend on one or two games.
“I am determined and confident of still finishing top of the table and then going on to win the tournament.
“That starts with two wins in Manchester and that is what I am going for. Nothing less.”
Van Gerwen will face play-off contenders Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith on Thursday evening at Manchester Arena.