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Mark Allen fired up for Judd Trump battle

By Frank Brownlow

Mark Allen is confident of gaining revenge when he takes on Judd Trump in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.

Allen had a dramatic 6-5 victory over Michael Holt yesterday to set up the mouthwatering showdown.

Former world number one Trump beat Allen 10-8 in the 2011 UK final.

"I have beaten him twice this season so I have nothing to worry about," said Allen.

The Ulsterman cruised through the opening two rounds with 6-1 and 6-3 victories over Jak Jones and Dave Harold. But it was a different story yesterday, the Nottingham potter battling back from 3-0 and 5-3 down, making a 103 break to set up a decider.

But Allen, who had earlier fired a 113 break, made 56 to get over the line.

"It was a good match without being a classic for scoring," said the Antrim cueman. "It was tense. That was good because it got the adrenaline pumping, which hasn't been there the first couple of rounds."

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan played down his hopes of sweeping to a fifth UK title despite beating Scotland's Marcus Campbell 6-2 to set up a last 16 clash against Robert Milkins.

O'Sullivan said: "There's still a long way to go – hopefully!

"There are so many good players in this event. I believe the winner could come from someone who's just about coming into form now.

"I'm not writing myself off, otherwise there's no point being here, I might as well pack up and throw a sicknote in."

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