“I’m here to do a job” – Darren Webster focused on World Matchplay mission

Darren Webster insists he is determined to kick on from last year’s run to the Quarter-Finals when he makes his World Matchplay return in Blackpool.

Webster enjoyed a ground-breaking campaign at the Winter Gardens 12 months ago, defeating James Wade in a tie break thriller before seeing off Steve West to reach the Last Eight.

The Norwich ace went down 16-12 to eventual runner-up Peter Wright and was left to ponder what might have been.

"It could have been better last year - I had my chances," Webster told Live Darts TV.

"That would have been my dream to have played Phil [Taylor] in the final because here was where I actually started and met Phil at one of the hotels we used to stay in.

"I'm doing well on the TV but where I've always failed is I get in front of these top players and let it go so what I'm trying to do now is keep full control and not give leads away any more."

Webster returns to the golden mile in his highest ever ranking position of 14th, meaning he is seeded in the prestigious major for the first time.

Webster, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, reached the Quarter-Finals of last December's World Championship and has gone on to make two finals on the ProTour this year.

"I've had a couple of finals, I haven't won one but I'm quite capable of winning one," he added.

"I feel confident with my game, my practice is going well and I'm starting to feel a bit more chilled now.

"I've got to lay off my work a little bit concentrate because I've got to push forward towards the top ten."

The Demolition Man has been drawn to face Steve Lennon in the First Round - one of six debutants in this year's BetVictor World Matchplay.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two players and Webster is expecting a tough test from the exciting Irish youngster.

He added: "We've never played each other but we practice together a lot at the Euro Tours.

"Steve's a tough player and he's done really well since he's been in the PDC.

"He could come up there and average 110, you just don't know thesedays 

"When we get up there, as far as I'm concerned, he's nothing.

"I've just got to go up there, play my game - I'm here to do a job."


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