02/01/2014 06:38 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:52 GMT

Michael Van Gerwen Wins Darts World Championship Final (PICTURES)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Michael van Gerwen celebrates defeating Peter Wright of Scotland and winning the final of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen admitted he felt the pressure on his way to winning the Ladbrokes World Championship final on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old raced into a 4-0 lead but struggled to maintain the high level of darts against Peter Wright, although he held his nerve to wrap up a seven sets to four success.

After securing the Sid Waddell Trophy at Alexandra Palace, Van Gerwen said: "It was a very tough match. I got nervous after going 4-0 up - but it doesn't matter how you win a final, winning it is the most important thing.

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"This is a dream come true. I'm so glad I won this. It's so difficult to win this title. There wasn't so much pressure on me last year as this year - but it means so much to me.

"It's unbelievable but all credit to Peter, he did well and put me under pressure."

Suffolk-based Scot Wright thanked the crowd for helping raise his game and end the one-sided nature of the contest.

He added on Sky Sports 1: "I never give up - that's my game. The crowd got behind me and made me play and I thank them for it - but well done Michael."