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Allen keen to keep improving, as Swail gets into groove

By Ross Lawson

Mark Allen insists he is still a long way from putting in a performance to be truly proud of despite a dominant victory over Fang Xiongman to reach the Coral Scottish Open last 32.

The Antrim potter was left frustrated after scraping through his first-round match but enjoyed an easier ride this time around as his Chinese opponent struggled from start to finish.

Allen did more than enough to take the spoils, though a third-frame break of 90 proved to be the only score of note in the 4-0 win. And with a clash against Li Hang, a man ranked well below World No.9 Allen, to come, 'The Pistol' knows he can't rest on his laurels.

"Fang must be better than what he showed, he struggled and missed a lot of easy shots," he said. "I pinched the first frame on the black, and from there I never felt any danger.

"You don't get many matches like that but I know I have to improve - you need to take the rough with the smooth and just be grateful you're still here."

Allen will be joined in today's last 32 by Belfast's Joe Swail, who overcame Stuart Carrington 4-2.

Coming out of the blocks firing, Swail earned the rewards from his second-frame 62 to race into a two-frame lead from which he never looked back.

That was despite a Carrington century to halve the deficit but Swail held his nerve to set up a match with 2010 World champion Neil Robertson.

"It was different to the first round, I had to battle which I was pleased to do," said Swail. "It got scrappy towards the end, the balls were going safe so I had to force my way over the line.

"It's difficult to maintain your form, I knew it was a matter of time before I started missing and that's what happened. But I got through it in the end."

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