Mickey Mansell’s history at the World Championship doesn’t make for easy reading.

The Tyrone man came up against Phil Taylor in the 2013 renewal and only took a single leg off the Power, who would go on to win his 16th World Championship that year.

In 2015, he came up against Kim Huybrechts and despite winning five legs couldn’t take a set off the Belgian.

It was his first appearance, however, that has informed his preparations for today’s match against Jim Long, a qualifier from Canada.

Back in 2011, Mansell faced a preliminary round game against New Zealand’s Preston Ridd. The winner would meet Vincent van der Voort in the first round.

It ended in a 4-0 loss for the Clonoe Cyclone.

Mansell admits he took his opponent too lightly but that won’t be happening again.

"I was an overwhelming favourite when I played in the 2011 prelim against Preston Ridd," Mansell, ranked 63 in the PDC order of Merit, told RTÉ Sport.

"I was thinking I was playing Vincent van der Voort in the first round proper, who I’d played before and beaten.

"I looked too far ahead thinking I had more experience on the PDC circuit. I maybe took my eye off the ball and paid the price for it.

"The first time I was there [in the first-round proper] I was probably caught in the headlights myself. The result proved that but being there and having the whole Phil Taylor aspect.

"But it is an experience; I know the practice room, the routines, the way around the building. So I know what’s ahead of me. I’ll be more comfortable."

Mansell became a PDC winner in April when he won Players Championship 8 in Barnsley.

That victory included wins over Huybrechts, Gerwen Price, Robert Thornton and Adrian Lewis. The 45-year-old joiner’s form since then has been erratic but he considers himself in credit when he looks at the bigger picture.

"I would have liked to have kicked on more but I still ended up the year seeded 13th in the Players Championship," he said.

"In an overall picture it has been quite a good year: winning a tournament and qualifying for the Players Championship and the Worlds, they were all goals I had set out.

"Now I want to perform and not just turn up at these events."

The winner of today’s game meets world number 30 Benito van de Pas in the second round on Friday.

Last night, two-time world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the third round by beating Down's Kevin Burness 3-1, hitting seven 180s on the way.

Anderson won three legs in a row to take the opening set against Burness, who beat Paul Nicholson in the day's afternoon session.

Burness took the second set to draw level, winning 3-1 despite a 130 finish from the Flying Scotsman in the third leg.

The third set went to the Scotsman who carried his momentum into the fourth, winning six legs in a row to seal the third and fourth sets.

Ted Evetts beat Simon Stevenson in straight sets to go through into the second round at the Alexandra Palace.

The contest was closer than the scoreline suggests, with 21-year-old Evetts making the most of his opponent's missed opportunities to secure victory with his ninth match dart and set up a tie against Adrian Lewis in the second round.

Chris Dobey dropped just two legs in his 3-0 win over Russian Boris Koltsov with a clinical display to secure his place in the second round.

Danny Noppert beat Royden Lam in straight sets to go through to the second round, hitting 112 to win the match after looking in control throughout.