Michael Smith has ‘no negatives’ despite Michael van Gerwen defeat, say Wayne Mardle and John Part

Watch as Michael Van Gerwen sealed his fourth Premier League title win

Michael Smith will return to major finals, despite losing the Premier League Darts trophy to Michael van Gerwen at the last hurdle, agreed our Sky Sports pundits.

‘Bully Boy’ Smith beat Gary Anderson in Thursday’s semi-final but then lost 11-4 to Van Gerwen in his first major final.

“Credit to Smith – he was brilliant, but came up short against someone who everyone would have come up short against,” Wayne Mardle said.

After losing 11-4 in the Premier League final, Michael Smith admitted that Michael van Gerwen was just too good

“He didn’t scrape into the fourth spot. He wasn’t tentative. He got in there, and stayed there.

“Finishing second is a bonus in itself. He’s lost in a final but there are no negatives.

“He played great, hung in there, took out a 125 to keep the match going. There was nothing to his detriment.

“Smith is on the up. Hopefully, this is not as good as it gets.”

John Part added: “He’s still learning. He looked good against Anderson. He even managed, somehow, to look good in the final.

“As impressive as MVG was, Smith had his shots, here and there. He had a lot of 180s.

“He was quality and is building towards a future.”

Michael van Gerwen was crowned Premier League champion for the fourth time after beating Michael Smith 11-4

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