Gerwyn Price “not bothered” by criticism over his oche conduct

Welsh ace Price reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gerwyn Price insists he is “not bothered” by critics of his aggressive style of play and believes it only becomes an issue when he is winning.

Price made history by becoming the first Welsh winner of a PDC major at November's Grand Slam, defeating Gary Anderson in one of the most controversial finals the sport has ever witnessed.

The final was shrouded in controversy as Anderson reacted angrily to Price's passionate celebrations, with the pair exchanging words and even colliding at the oche.

It quickly became one of the most talked about darts matches in recent years, with the DRA already reviewing the incidents, but Price has shrugged off any social media criticism and vows to continue his trademark celebrations.

"There's been a bit of a dampener on social media over it but I shut my front door and I'm enjoying the trophy on my mantelpiece, so happy days," Price told Live Darts.

"If you watch all of my games, I'm exactly the same person but it only becomes a problem when you start winning and beating people that you're not expected to beat.

"For instance, I've played Gary [Anderson] at The Masters, I've played him in his own back yard in Scotland in the World Series Finals and lost and my game is exactly the same.

"Nothing's ever said, then when I go and play my game in the Grand Slam, I'm a 'bad' person.

"I play my own game every single time, some people like it, some people don't and I'm not bothered.

"Whenever you're winning it seems to be a problem and I don't know why."

Price's triumph has catapulted him to a career-high sixth on the Order of Merit and he heads into the World Championship in perhaps his richest vein of form.

The 33-year-old finds himself in a wide open bottom section of the draw which also houses the likes of Peter Wright, Ian White and Joe Cullen and Price believes he has what it takes to go all the way at Alexandra Palace.

He added: "Being higher in the rankings means you get better draws until you get further on in the tournament.

"I believe I can get to the final and I believe I can actually win this year, whereas the last couple of years I've probably gone into it and thought 'I'll win one or two games and see how it goes'.

"Now I know that on my day, if I play my best game I can actually win this thing.

"I've not really done well in the Worlds since I've been in it.

"I'm in the best form possible now going into the biggest tournament of the year so I'm looking forward to it."

The year began slowly for 'The Ice Man' - who finished bottom of the Premier League in his debut season and was eliminated at the halfway stage of the competition.

Price openly admitted he "hated" the relentless nature of the Premier League, but with a second successive season looking a distinct possibility, insists he will approach it differently.

"I didn't enjoy the Premier League at all," he added. "I love playing darts on the big stage and in front of huge crowds but the hard part was the travelling and being away from family.

"If I'm in it again next year I'm going to grasp it with both hands, I know what to expect.

"I'm going to approach it and give it 100 per cent if I'm in, if I'm not then it's a couple of weeks where I'll be not so busy."



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