Previous form of no interest to Norwich PDC world championship hopeful Darren Webster

Darren Webster. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Darren Webster. Picture: STEVE ADAMS - Credit: Archant

Demolition Man Darren Webster is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to reignite his world championship challenge.

Norwich's PDC hopeful stunned Simon Whitlock to set up tomorrow's second round clash against Dean Winstanley – a player he has triumphed against on the tour circuit on numerous occasions.

But despite being seen as the favourite by many to reach the last 16, Webster is refusing to take his latest opponent at Alexandra Palace lightly.

The 46-year-old said: 'I've beaten him three or four times this year when we've not been on the television.

'But at the end of the day, we could meet 50 times and you'd have 50 different games. It's all about what happens on the night. So I need to make sure I keep focussed and let him do the thinking.

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'Dean's playing really well at the moment, he's perhaps in his best form since joining the PDC, so it's going to be tough. But I'm feeling confident, I've been practicing hard, and beating Whitlock has given me a lot of confidence.'

Webster takes to the oche at 7.10pm. However, the action at Ally Pally – following a three-day break for Christmas – starts again this afternoon with last year's runner-up Peter Wright stepping up at 3.45pm as he looks to book his place in the last 16.

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The noise once more will be fantastic and it is something that the Scot, who takes on Ronny Huybrechts, thrives upon.

Wright, speaking in the official tournament programme, said: 'I feed off of the support of the crowd - the fans are there to support you, so why not get them involved?

'Why not get them fired up and then when you hit your winning double they absolutely erupt

'It's almost the same as a nine-darter. It's the same sort of feeling, they go mad for it.

'The atmosphere really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You just get this huge buzz and it is immense when they are all singing your name. It is really special and even talking about it gives me goosebumps and that's why I can't wait to get back.'

Wright breezed past Berwyn Price 3-0 in the first round.

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