John Henderson pulled no punches when talking about his round one victory over Marko Kantele at the World Darts Championship.

Speaking after the win, The Highlander said the match “was god awful from the pair of us.”

Henderson was 2-0 up, but squandered that lead as the Finn levelled. In the end, the Scot won 3-2, despite missing 27 darts at a double.

John Henderson playing at the World Darts Championship
John Henderson beat Marko Kantele in round one of the World Darts Championship, but he was not impressed with the performance. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

“I’m the winner of a terrible game”

Henderson was extremely downbeat walking off stage after his victory over the Finnish player.

The Scot said: “No disrespect to Marko, but that was god awful from the pair of us.

“I’m the winner of a terrible game, and I hate saying that. I really do hate saying that.

“A win’s a win. I’d rather win with a 70 average than lose with a 105, so I’ll take every win, and in this place it’s a bonus.”

“I’ve always been the better player if I’ve been the underdog”

John Henderson’s next test at the World Darts Championship is a matchup with The Ferret, Jonny Clayton on Sunday evening.

The Highlander is looking forward to the match, as he believes he’s not the favourite heading into the contest.

“I think in my games, I’ve always been the better player if I’ve been the underdog,” said the Scot.

“Being the underdog, it might inspire me. I think it probably will, so Jonny’s going to have a game on his hands hopefully.

“I won’t play like that again. First round nerves, that’s what I’m putting it down too.”

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