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Mark Allen is fired up for revenge mission against Barry Hawkins

By Luke Baker

Published 18/02/2016

On a roll: Mark Allen won last night and is back in action today
On a roll: Mark Allen won last night and is back in action today

Mark Allen believes he has Ryan Day's number after dispatching the home favourite to reach the last 16 of the Welsh Open - where he faces Barry Hawkins in a grudge match.

The Antrim potter produced two magnificent centuries - 135 and 105 though he still has a bit to go to better Ronnie O'Sullivan's infamous 146 - en route to beating Day 4-1 at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena in round three last night.

A sluggish start could have cost Allen dearly and, although he bounced back, the 29-year-old knows he can ill-afford to repeat the slow beginning.

"I finished off really well but it was a bit concerning the way I started - I couldn't pot a ball for the first frame and a half," said Allen.

"Ryan's a good player to play in that sort of way because he goes for his shots so you feel you'll get a few chances, which I did, and I didn't really miss after the second frame.

"Maybe he's a player who suits my eye because I've beaten him a few times now, but I'm always wary of him because he's a very, very good player."

Allen's Welsh Open campaign continues today when he faces a revenge mission against Hawkins in the £324,000 event.

"I'm looking forward to playing him and hopefully I can get my own back on him for beating me in the Masters," added Allen.

"He's someone I'm yet to play really well against, but I feel like if I can play how I have been and maybe improve a bit, I will win."

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