MICHAEL VAN GERWEN refused to blame anything other than himself for his semi-final defeat at the hands of Rob Cross in the William Hill Darts Championship.
Van Gerwen’s title defence was ended as Cross won in a sudden-death leg in one of the most dramatic matches ever to take place on the Alexandra Palace stage.
The Dutchman missed six match darts before World Championship debutant Cross set up a final clash with Phil Taylor.
Despite suggestions from some that the booing and whistling from the crowd as Van Gerwen tried to hit match-winning doubles were a factor in his defeat, the world number one placed the blame on his own shoulders.
He said: “That didn’t really bother me. You know this is going to happen. In the end we both played a very good match. There were a few times I thought I had him but then I missed six match darts. That shouldn’t be happening. I think this is just his year. It’s that simple.
“Those doubles were so close on the wire. I’m sick about that. Normally that doesn’t happen to me and I’m the only one to blame for it. My scoring was good at the right moment but my doubles let me down. I can only blame myself for that.
“He played really well and is a great player, all credit goes to him to him. But I think should have won this. Again, I can only blame myself and nobody else. I don’t like saying it was because of the crowd or other things. I missed those doubles and it was my fault.”