Mark Allen clinches late night thriller and vows he can do even better
Mark Allen booked his spot in the last 16 of the Betway UK Snooker Championship in York, courtesy of a phenomenal 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Ryan Day.
The 30-year-old Antrim potter found himself 4-0 down at the interval, but somehow rallied to turn the tide and set up a fourth round clash with John Higgins tomorrow.
Early on in the match, Allen could not get a look in edgeways as Day rattled off breaks of 53, 59, 118 and 70 to lead 4-0.
The Welshman was playing phenomenal snooker, making 97 per cent of his pots in the first session, with 100 per cent long pot and safety success.
However, a blistering 136 in the first frame after the interval swung the momentum in Allen's favour, with the world number 10 taking full advantage as Day fluffed his lines when well set in the sixth frame to go 5-1 ahead.
Breaks of 64 and 53 followed as Allen levelled the contest, but another attritional battle followed in the deciding frame.
Two brilliant snookers from Allen to put his opponent just behind the green gave him the advantage as Day gave up a whopping 33 points in fouls.
Allen turned the screw with an ice-cool pot up the line, and despite 'the Pistol' then missing his chance to clear up on the brown, in his search for a snooker Day sent the white into the middle pocket to end the contest.
"It was a very eventful match indeed," Allen said. "But I'm very disappointed with the way that I performed and I had to rely on mistakes from Ryan to come through.
"At the interval I looked at his stats and I was thinking that I hadn't done too much wrong.
"Ryan has said in the past that he has a bad record against me and that he doesn't like playing me, so I always thought if I got it back it would put the pressure on.
"That's exactly what happened. He was shaking all over the place and I knew I had him."
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