Thornton seeks Scotland improvement
Robert Thornton is looking for an improved Scotland performance at the World Cup of Darts this weekend along with partner Gary Anderson. The bookmakers have Scotland down as the 8/1 third favourites in the outright winner betting.
Thornton missed out on the World Cup last year after he slipped down the rankings and was overtaken by the ‘nationalised’ Peter Wright. But the scars of 2010, when Thornton and Anderson were knocked out in the group stages, still run deep.
“We need to hit the ground running - if we can get past the group stage we will settle down,” Thornton told the Scottish Sun.
“We've been awful over the past few years - the only way is up for us!
“Gary and I are both very similar and probably a bit too laid back. We perhaps need a bit more blood and thunder in our games sometimes.
“I don't think either Gary or myself settled into the format in 2010 and suddenly we were out - in the last two World Cups we've lost to Spain, South Africa and Wales, that isn't good enough.”
Scotland have been drawn alongside Canada and Sweden in this year’s Group Stage, and are made the 1/4 favourites with Ladbrokes to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament by winning the group.