Glen Durrant is ready to get nasty in his bid to win the BDO World Championship after making it safely through the first round.
The top seed from Middlesbrough beat Dean Reynolds in straight sets but was underwhelmed by his performance.
Durrant said he gave the Welsh youngster too much respect and he intends to back his own ability more from now on as he tries to win his first Lakeside crown.
The 45-year-old will play Larry Butler in a repeat of the 2015 World Masters final in the last 16 on Wednesday, or Ryan De Vreede pending the outcome of their match tonight.
“I think the main lesson I learned from the first round is not to give my opponent too much respect,” Durrant told the Gazette.
“I definitely gave Dean too much respect and I’m going to be more nasty now.
“I don’t mean physically, but I’m going to be more ruthless in my approach.
“It’s about what I do, not my opponent. If I hit a winning double I’m going to be punching the air.
“I definitely think I play better with a bit of extra edge, and with that first round out of the way I feel like I’m ready to send out a statement in my next game now.
“I’ve definitely got another gear or two to come.”
A semi-finalist at last year’s Lakeside, Durrant believes he will be less tense for the rest of the tournament after admitting he felt the weight of being the top seed on his shoulders against Reynolds.
“It was job done but I never felt comfortable up there,” said the BDO No 1.
“I was more afraid of losing and didn’t want to go out on the first day as the number one before anyone else had played.
“But I can relax more now.
“I’m in the tournament and can look forward, and I can’t be too disappointed with a 3-0 win and a 90 average.
“I will have to play better if I want to win it, but I’ve shown numerous times I’m more than capable of doing that.
“If I go a set up against anyone, I’m very hard to beat.”
Durrant will be in the crowd tonight to watch the Butler against De Vreede game, but the England international reiterated that he will focus solely on himself whoever he faces next.
The Teessider is deliberately keeping things low key as he tries to bring the Lakeside title back to Ormesby.
“I’m doing the same routine as in previous Lakesides,” said the World Masters and Finder Masters champion.
“I’m not watching the games with all of the corporate people, I’m avoiding all of the hullabaloo.
“I’ve been going down the local Workingmen’s Club and practising with Dennis Coleman, and they have made me feel really welcome.
“I’m going for half an hour walks as well and I’m feeling good.”