Wade glad to face Taylor

James WadeJames Wade believes facing Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix will actually be easier than his emotional victory over Robert Thornton (Wade 7/1 – 3-2 Winner).

‘The Machine’ came through an incredible second-round match with the Scotsman on Wednesday night, with both stars hitting nine-dart finishes before the Englishman secured a 3-2 success.

It was the first time that both players have thrown a perfect leg of darts in the same match and was one of the best contests ever seen at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

But the standard reached was even more amazing given the fact that Thornton had attended his mother’s funeral earlier in the day before flying to Ireland for the match.

And, despite the fact that he will now play the 16-time world champion for a place in the semi-finals on Friday evening, Wade feels nothing will compare to the emotion felt on stage against ‘The Thorn’.

“I’m just glad to move on to the next game and play how I can,” he said. “After playing a game like that, it doesn’t get any harder.”

Taylor advanced to the last eight with a 3-1 success over Andrew Gilding and remains the 6/4 favourite to win the whole event despite not being quite at his best.

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is in second-round action on Thursday night and will take on Dean Winstanley, while compatriot Raymond van Barneveld plays England’s Mervyn King (Van Barneveld 4/9, King 7/4 – Match Prices).

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