Belfast Telegraph

Allen puts Welsh exit behind him as he prepares for World Championship


By Tom Harle

Masters champion Mark Allen felt bad luck was the only reason he crashed out of the ManBetX Welsh Open after a third round defeat to Gary Wilson.

The Antrim cueman exited 4-3 despite leading twice in Cardiff.

But Allen wasn't disappointed with any aspect of his performance against the world No.58, a defeat that comes after four consecutive first round exits in ranking events.

"Not a lot went wrong to be honest," said Allen, ranked ninth in the world.

"I played pretty well. There were one or two balls I missed in the whole game and I just didn't get much run of the ball.

"There's absolutely nothing I would have done differently if I had the chance again - maybe to not snooker myself behind seven colours in the last frame.

"In a best of seven that can be the difference, and it was today."

In a see-saw encounter, the first two frames were shared and Allen reeled off breaks of 56 and 74 to twice hold the advantage but Wilson won the final two to progress.

Allen has opportunities to make amends with the Players Championship in Llandudno just around the corner and the World Championship next month.

"I just need to get on the right side of some wins now. I feel like my game's in good shape," added Allen.

Northern Ireland international Gerard Greene lost 4-3 to John Astley.

• Watch the Welsh Open LIVE on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with Andy Goldstein and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds

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