PAUL Jennings admits that he has regrets at his BDO World Darts Championship quarter-final exit.
The scaffolder by trade struggled in the ranking events prior to the worlds but it was evident that he had saved his best darts when it mattered the most.
Jenno beat sixth seed Ross Montgomery in the first round and followed that up with a thrashing of Irishman Jason Cullen in the last-16.
But his run was ended on Friday by Scotty “Too Hotty” Waites, a 5-2 defeat to Waites marking the end of Jenno’s run.
Jenno had harboured hopes of winning the tournament so was understandably disappointed with the defeat.
“I couldn’t step my game up and I know I can,” the 36-year-old told SportMail.
“I played well in the first two games, I was scoring well and finishing well.
“I knew I had to work on that though and step it up against Scott.
“Maybe it was tiredness or something else but I couldn’t get into it. That was the annoying thing.”
The result meant that in the Headlander’s only two world championship appearances he has reached the quarters in each.
Things could have been different though if Jennings had replicated his throwing from midweek.
“In terms of regrets I regret playing the way I did against Scott,” he added.
“Unfortunately I didn’t score and finish as well as I know I can.
“If I played my own game, how I know I can play, it would have been a closer encounter and maybe I could have won it.”
Waites cruised into a 4-0 lead in the game but Jennings pulled it back to 4-2.
At that point onlookers were beginning to believe that there was a comeback on cards.
Did Jenno share the optimism, too?
“I wasn’t even aware of the score, I was taking it leg-by-leg,” he said.
“When it was 4-0 I had no worries and I just concentrated on darts and not the occasion.
“At 4-2 I was saying to myself ‘keep it going, Paul’ but he stepped it up again and won the next set.”
He went on: “I didn’t have the best of years on the oche so I can take a lot of positives from the week.”