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Allen's safety net fails as he suffers UK exit

By Luke Baker

Mark Allen admits that sub-par safety play cost him dearly as he crashed out of the UK Snooker Championship.

The Antrim potter scored heavily when amongst the balls, but afforded Martin Gould too many chances as the Englishman triumphed 6-4 in their last-32 clash.

Allen made two centuries during the match but Gould eventually got over the line at York's Barbican Centre with a break of 98 in frame 10.

And the 29-year-old acknowledges he was simply outplayed as he crashed out in the third round for the second successive UK Championship.

"It was a pretty good game to be fair, I've not got a lot of complaints. Martin's safety won him the match really" said Allen.

"We both looked like we were going to score every time we got in the balls, but he was just creating more chances than I was.

"His safety was much better and that's definitely one area I can improve on moving forwards.

"He is more than capable of doing that - it's just up to me to compete. I just feel like I didn't compete at all in the safety department, but still could have got a decider out of it.

"I know what I need to work on and I don't feel like I'm far away - I definitely didn't play badly today.

"Martin was just the better player on the day so I haven't got any complaints. I've got to just go home and work hard on the safety side of the game because everything else is starting nicely."

Allen insists that if he had produced his best snooker, then Gould would not have been able to compete with him.

"I know I'm a better player than Martin when I play at my best, but I wasn't at my best today," added Allen.

Meanwhile Ronnie O'Sullivan has announced his intention to play in the Masters next month after skipping the ongoing UK Championship.

The 39-year-old has decided he wants to participate at the prestigious 16-man Masters, between January 10-17.

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