Michael van Gerwen accuses Van Duijvenbode of gamesmanship in Ally Pally defeat

Michael van Gerwen has slammed his compatriot Dirk van Duijvenbod for his gamesmanship during their clash at the PDC World Championships on Thursday evening.

Van Gerwen cruised into the quarter-finals, and he had some words for his compatriot after the match. The Dutchman fumed: "Dirk was trying everything in the book, he was trying to slow me down. But it doesn't do his game any justice. I just had to tell myself 'keep yourself calm Mike, just smash him'."

And he hit a classy 120 checkout in the fifth set to progress to the next round.

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Speaking after the match, Van Gerwen said: "It wasn’t a perfect performance, but I did some really important shots when I had to.

“I’m full of confidence and in the next round the format is going up. Everything is going to be in my favour, but you need to stay sharp and stay focused.

“I’m only in the quarter-finals and last time I was in the quarter-finals I was smashed 5-0 by Dave Chisnall, so I don’t want to put myself in the same position again.”

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Van Gerwen will now take on Chris Dobey in the last eight – who has already claimed the scalp of Rob Cross and Gary Anderson at the Ally Pally.

Dobey produced a stunning display to dump out the 2018 winner, having already dispatched Anderson in the third round.

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