WES NEWTON is determined not to feel the pressure as he plays for his McCoy’s Premier League Darts future against Phil Taylor in Cardiff tonight.
The Fleetwood ace takes on the reigning champion at the Motorpoint Arena in the seventh league night and knows that his hopes of avoiding relegation could hinge on the clash.
Newton has picked up three points from his six games so far, and with three games remaining before the bottom two players are eliminated he is facing a must-win clash with the world champion.
“I’ll approach it with no pressure,” said Newton.
“Everybody wants to beat Phil - he’s the best player there’s ever been so hopefully I can do something.”
Newton was defeated 7-4 by Michael van Gerwen last week, but hit two ten-dart legs during the game and was also on for a nine-darter being losing out to the in-form Dutchman.
Last week’s event in Manchester saw Newton play in front of the biggest crowd of his career, 8,000 fans, and he admits that the atmosphere was special as he and van Gerwen battled out an entertaining contest.
“It’s absolutely awesome playing up there and I love it - this is where I want to be - I can’t describe how good it is when there’s 8,000 people singing, it’s unbelievable but it’s also been an eye-opener.”