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Allen is upbeat despite illness contributing to shock early exit

 

By Luke Baker

Mark Allen says he was simply relieved to avoid throwing up on live TV after his early exit from the Dafabet English Open.

The Antrim cueman had picked up a vomiting bug overnight and suffered a 4-2 defeat to Stuart Carrington in the second round in Barnsley.

It was a frustrating end to the tournament for Allen, who had looked in good form while thrashing Jimmy White 4-0 in round one.

The World No.10 was in the match at 2-2 but after Carrington pulled away and sealed the win with a break of 52, Allen admitted the illness affected him badly.

"I'm not one for excuses but I threw up three times before the match," said the 31-year-old. "I got a little bit of a bug last night. I feel like I won because I didn't c*** myself or boke on live TV!

"My eyes weren't able to focus and everything was a bit blurry from throwing up. I'll move on from it and hopefully get better.

"In a way, it's not that frustrating that I've lost because there's nothing I can do about it. I prepared well but people get sick at the end of the day - it's not the end of the world."

Allen wasn't the only Ulsterman to struggle yesterday as veteran Joe Swail suffered a 4-2 loss to Thailand's Sunny Akani.

The 48-year-old claimed afterwards that he is currently fed up with snooker as he prepares to take a couple of weeks off.

"I don't want it to sound like sour grapes but everything that could go wrong, went wrong," said Swail. "It's just sickening.

"I have a love-hate relationship with snooker and this is one of my worst days. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother.

"The way I'm feeling at the minute, I just want to get away from snooker.

"Maybe I'll feel differently in a couple of weeks but right now I want to get completely away from it."

Watch the English Open live on Eurosport 1 and Quest, featuring daily studio analysis from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds

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