Dave Chisnall is determined to keep proving the doubters wrong as he enters the second week of the Premier League Darts.
Morecambe’s world number five takes on fellow competition newcomer, the colourful Peter Wright, at the BIC in Bournemouth on Thursday night live on Sky Sports.
The resort ace was a final leg 7-5 winner over Robert Thornton at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the opening night of action but is considered one of the outsiders for the £150,000 cheque that is waiting for the winner after 16 weeks of action.
But the 2013 World Grand Prix finalist is confident he can thrive on the big stage.
He said: “I was very happy with a win. It means a lot. People have me down as finishing bottom but I’m going to prove them wrong.
“I read it all the time but I don’t retaliate to it. I want to, but I don’t!”
World championship finalist Wright was also victorious on night one seeing off Wes Newton 7-3.
And it is a meeting Chisnall is looking forward to.
The 33-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to facing Peter Wright.
“Me and Peter are good friends so it should be interesting now I’ve got a win under my belt.
“He’s a quality player and I’m going to have to be at my best to beat him.”
Sky Sports’ live coverage starts at 7pm with Chisnall’s clash with Wright the second match of the evening.
Elsewhere, Wes Newton faces Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson takes on Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis meets the sport’s all-time great Phil Taylor and Chisnall’s first week opponent Thornton meets World and reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen.