WES NEWTON admits tonight’s McCoy’s Premier League Darts clash with world number two Adrian Lewis will be crucial in their bid to avoid relegation from the tournament.
The pair currently occupy the bottom two places in the Premier League table following three games, with Newton claiming his first point last week in Bournemouth while Lewis is the only player to have lost all three matches so far in the 2013 competition
With the bottom two players following nine weeks being relegated, tonight’s clash between the basement pair at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena has added significance.
Newton bounced back from his losses to James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld by hitting three ton-plus finishes in a 6-6 draw with Robert Thornton last week, although he led 6-3 before the Scot hit back to deny him the win.
The Fleetwood star, though, enters his clash with Lewis in confident mood as he bids to take a huge step towards Premier League survival.
Newton admitted: “It’s a massive game for both of us because neither of us want to be where we are in the table and whoever loses is going to be in a really bad position
“I’m happy with how I came through last week and I played a lot better than I did in the first couple of weeks, so I know my form’s coming back.
“My finishing probably cost me in the opening games, definitely in the first week, but I finished a lot better last week and took out some big finishes when I needed to. I think I did everything right last week apart from get the win.
“From 6-3 up I probably started thinking about getting my first win, which I shouldn’t have done, but it’s all experience and I’ve got to take the positives out of it.
“I’m off and running and hopefully I’m taking the right strides to where I want to be and that I can get my first win this week.”
Two-time World Champion Lewis has lost to Simon Whitlock, Phil Taylor and Wade in his opening three games, but after changing his darts recently believes he will regain top form to kick-start his challenge.
Lewis said: “I’m putting the hard work in but a lot of my darts are going on the wire and it’s just not happening for me.
“It’s a bit of confidence really and it’s frustrating for me at the minute because I’m practising well and I’m expecting my best darts to come out.
“I can’t be disheartened and I’ve got to get on with it. Everybody expects a lot of me, which is understandable, and even though I won the  World Championship I’ve had a poor 18 months.”
Tonight’s week four draw:
Robert Thornton v Gary Anderson
Andy Hamilton v Michael van Gerwen
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Wes Newton v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock.