Darts villain Gerwyn Price has plan to combat booing crowds at Ally Pally

Darts pantomime villain Gerwyn Price has a plan to combat the booing Ally Pally crowds at the PDC World Darts Championship.

The Welshman was booed heavily before his blockbuster third round tie against Raymond van Barneveld. It came as no surprise given the Iceman has often received a tough reception from fans, especially at the Worlds.

Yet Price was able to keep the Barney Army quiet with a ruthless 4-0 demolition of the five-time world champion, who he had never beaten on the big stage.

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But even if the pressure and all the jeering had got to the Welshman, he revealed he had a back-up plan to play with headphones in order to block out the noise.

He said: "If I was up against it with the crowd and if Raymond was in the game a little more [I would have worn them]. I practised with them the last week and I played really well

“At least I know now if things don't go to plan and the crowd is on my back I have a backup."

The win came after much talk throughout the build-up about Price never having beaten Van Barneveld in televised events, which he claimed was down to it being “pretty difficult to do if he’s not there.”

Price went on to say his round 2 clash against Luke Woodhouse was a greater challenge than Tuesday night’s game, saying: "The game against Luke was a lot more difficult than tonight.

“Not just because of the score but pressure wise I really didn't want to go out before Christmas. After Christmas, that's when the tournament starts. So I'm thankful I'm in the last 16."

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