Darts: Painter up for Burnett clash

Kevin Painter is relishing the prospect of facing Richie Burnett tonight following his heroics against nine-time world champion Phil Taylor.

Kevin Painter is relishing the prospect of facing Richie Burnett tonight following his heroics against nine-time world champion Phil Taylor.

The 33-year-old qualifier produced a wonderful display to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Taylor and book his place in the second round of the Paddy Power World Grand Prix Championship in Dublin.

But Painter knows he will have to reach the same heights if he is to beat Welshman Burnett and claim a quarter-final berth.

Burnett made light work of Doug McCarthy during the afternoon session yesterday and is more than capable of defeating anyone on his day.

‘‘Richie is a great player and we know each other well,’’ said Painter. ‘‘It will be as difficult against Richie as it was against Phil.

‘‘I’ve got to go up there and play well. If I do the same thing as I’ve just done against everybody else, I’m going to win the tournament but every day is a different day.

‘‘The win over Phil has given me a big confidence boost and darts is all about confidence. You can have a bad day, but you’ve got to bounce back from that.

‘‘Beating the best player in the world is obviously going to boost my confidence, but Richie will be waiting for me so we will have to wait to see what happens.’’

Painter believes a victory could also take him to the next level and added: ‘‘It possibly could. I’m a bit funny sometimes in my head, sometimes I’m in the mood and other times I’m not.

‘‘It’s how I feel on the day, but I went into the (Taylor) game thinking he’s going to hit me with everything and I was ready for that.

‘‘Now all the boys are pleased because the tournament is wide open.’’

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