Faith, self-belief and a neon sign spelling success inspired wildcard Raymond van Barneveld to lift the 2014 Betway Premier League Darts Play-Off title at The O2.

The Dutchman clocked the inspirational motto “anything is possible” at a photoshoot where lenses were pointed at hopefuls Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.

“A little voice told me ‘everyone thinks they’re in the final but what about me and Gary Anderson? We were having a good run’,” he said.

“I was disappointed in that.

“It’s about focus and trusting yourself - believe in yourself and anything can be done.”

This year he admitted a glance at his reflection was the inspiration for him to retain the world championship play-off title at the same venue, on May 21.

“I looked in the mirror and I said I’m going to give it everything I’ve got,” he said.

“I was struggling for the first five weeks of the Premier League as I just wasn’t finishing.

“I had problems with my health and traveling, which is such killer and I was placed on five points from eight matches.

“But in this league if you lose a match you have to realise you can come back - and now I’m in the top four and it’s open for everyone.

“Your first thought’s not to get relegated, the second to get to the top four – then it’s anyone’s game.

“My ranking’s now 13 - and I still believe I’m a top-four player.

“Last year I was in the last four and the last four of the World Championships and, in my last four Premier League games, I’ve proved I’m still there.

“I just play my own game and, if I play well, I can beat anyone in the world.”

The 48-year-old will battle it out in front affectionate fans, dubbed the Barney Army, alongside 2013 champion van Gerwen, world champion Anderson and Dave Chisnell, a newbie to the play off action.

A recent run of form has seen a draw and five victories prior to Thursday's clash with Stephen Bunting at The Brighton Centre.

He said: “It’s saying a lot when the best player in the world, Phil Taylor, hasn’t qualified this year.

“I think he’s had problems in his mind (Taylor’s mother passed away recently) and I think it affected him big time.

“I feel sorry for him - maybe he’s just finding it hard to focus now - but he’s the best ever, he always comes back.”

Tickets are still available for the final in North Greenwich on May 21.

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