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Tony O’Shea admits he needs to improve to win BDO title


Video - 'Silverback' eases into semis

By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at the Lakeside

Stockport's Tony O'Shea has admitted that he needs to improve his game if he is to lift his first BDO world title.

The world number one was below his best in his quarter-final with Robert Wagner but was able to secure a 5-1 win and a last-four meeting with Dave Chisnall.

"I was miles away from my best but Robert didn't bring his 'A' game," O'Shea told BBC Sport.

"I'm going to have to improve 100%. I've been number one all year and I'm going to have to be number one again."

The 48-year-old added: "Sometimes when your opponent struggles, you struggle as well and that's what happened.

"That's my worst average here for about three years but averages don't win games. I won 5-1, so I'm really pleased with that."

I'm not looking at two games to win it, I'm just looking at the one game against Chissy

Tony O'Shea

O'Shea's meeting with Wagner came after Chisnall fought back from 4-1 down to defeat Ted Hankey 5-4 and 'The Silverback' conceded that it was difficult to follow Chisnall on to the stage.

"We'd seen a magical game before us and to go out and try and follow it is hard work," said O'Shea. "I wanted to give the fans another good game but it didn't materialise."

And O'Shea, the runner-up in 2009, said he would not be looking past the unseeded Chisnall in his bid to go one better this year.

"He was awesome and I didn't really show what I can do. He'll probably be the favourite with the bookies," added O'Shea.

"I'm not looking at two games to win it, I'm just looking at the one game against Chissy. I'm going to have to pick my game up and I'm pretty sure I will."

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