ROBERT THORNTON has set his sights on a career best World Matchplay run after claiming his first ever win at the Winter Gardens last year.

The prestigious tournament had become a seaside nightmare for the Scotsman, who had failed to taste victory in Blackpool in six attempts before defeating Josh Payne in 2016.

‘The Thorn’, who won both the World Grand Prix in 2015 and the UK Open in 2012 as a huge underdog, wants to use the outsider tag to be a dangerous force next week.

“I think I’ve proved over the course of my career that I should never be written off,” said Thornton, who takes on in form Spanish star Cristo Reyes in round one.

“I am quite comfortable going in as an underdog and it’s probably a fair tag for me to have at Blackpool.

“But I don’t have the pressure of never having won there before anymore and my form has been picking up lately. I’ve got the game to upset anyone.”