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Mark Allen angry despite victory while slick Swail captures best ever form

By Ben Baker

Mark Allen was left absolutely incensed with his own display and that of opponent Christopher Keogan - despite coming from 3-0 down to reach the Coral Scottish Open second round.

The world No.9 was fuming on multiple occasions about the slow nature of Keogan's play, an issue he twice raised with the referee despite winning 4-3 in Glasgow's Emirates Arena having lost the opening three frames.

But in spite of a comeback from the brink, it was a victory the Ulsterman could take no heart from, lambasting one of the worst games he had ever taken part in.

"It was an absolutely horrendous performance from start to finish, and I only got over the line because he let me," he said.

"He had chance after chance but I was terrible. I said to the referee about his slowness, but everything about the game was terrible - my performance, the way the table played, the way the game was played was just dreadful. Other than that it was a good game!

"In my opinion it's not proper snooker and I said that to him. People pay money to come and watch that and it's embarrassing. It's a difficult game but not that bad."

Keogan's 74 in frame two proved to be the only effort above 50, on his way to a 3-0 lead as Allen struggled.

However, the Antrim man knuckled down, taking advantage of Keogan's inability to finish off the contest, scrapping his way to four frames.

But despite a clash with Fang Xiongman to come in the last 64 today, Allen admits his focus remains elsewhere.

"It's one day closer to Christmas, that's all I can say," he continued. "I can't even take solace from the comeback.

"The only reason I fought hard to win is to put a few things across later in the week, otherwise I would have just thrown in the towel.

"I felt relaxed coming into the match, hitting the ball well, and made two 147s in exhibition snooker, but it wasn't fun."

Allen will be joined in the last 64 by Belfast's Joe Swail, who produced one of the best performances of his career to ease out Lee Walker 4-1.

The world No.62 shone from start to finish, breaks of 80 and 87 giving him a rampant 2-0 lead.

But Walker fought back, a break of 115 halving the deficit, only for Swail to once again up his game with a third 50+ break in four frames to seal the deal.

It's a result Swail insisted was definitely on the cards.

"It's the best I've played in years," said Swail, who plays Stuart Carrington today.

"It had been coming, I've been playing well recently without really getting the results.

"Everything is coming together, I missed one ball in the whole game which was a tough red so I'm very pleased with how I'm playing.

"I've been scoring heavily recently, but it's a matter of balancing everything out and stitching it all together for a week."

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