The two-time world champion averaged 102.65 as he eased past a player who had been tipped to cause him problems at Alexandra Palace, and the Stoke-on-Trent thrower has suggested that there is still more to come from him in this tournament.
The 31-year-old told PDC.tv: "The game really suited me. I said that I would play better after the first round and I did. It was good and solid but there is more in the tank.
"Joe has had a great year on and off of TV so to go up there and win 4-0 is special."