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Joe Perry was too good on the day, admits Mark Allen after UK Championship exit

 

By Pippa Field

Mark Allen refused to be downcast and disappointed after his showing in York despite losing out to Joe Perry.

The Northern Ireland cueman was looking for his first appearance in the last eight since 2013, but Perry's magnificent break of 114 helped him down the sixth seed at the Betway UK Championship. Allen rattled off breaks of 134 and 135 in his 6-4 loss and claims Perry produced a magnificent showing to halt his march to the title.

He said: "It was a good match to be involved in. Joe played very well. I felt like it was going to take something like that to beat me.

"I'm extremely happy with the way I'm playing and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say he was just too good. On another day, I win that match.

"I hung in there, made two good breaks but, on the whole, I'm happy with the way I performed. The most disappointing thing is that he probably won't play like that in the next round."

Elsewhere, John Higgins claimed his defeat against Mark King could signal the beginning of the end for the four-time world champion.

The Wizard of Wishaw held a two-frame lead but King came roaring back to dump the 42-year-old out of the £850,000 event.

And a devastated Higgins suggested his 6-5 defeat could be a worrying sign of things to come.

"That's the beginning of the end for me, collapsing like that. There's only one way you're going to go in this game," he confessed.

"I killed him with two frames to go 4-2 up. I should've had momentum but he came back really strong.

"I totally malfunctioned, every single shot. I just couldn't pot a ball. When you start playing like that, there's only one way to go."

Stephen Maguire triumphed in the battle of the Scots as he downed Graeme Dott 6-2.

A fifth-frame break of 116 was the highlight for Maguire, who has now reached the last eight of the competition nine times. But the 36-year-old was not concerned with his impressive consistency and said it's the winning that counts.

"I don't know if it's this time of year or this tournament but I've been doing well. It's a nice tournament," he said.

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