Mark Allen ‘only has himself to blame’ after Crucible exit

Mark Allen in action against Barry Hawkins
Mark Allen in action against Barry Hawkins

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen said his second round defeat at the World Championships was down to failing to capitalise when he was on top against Barry Hawkins.

The Antrim player lost 13-11 at The Crucible on Saturday night despite holding an 11-8 lead over world number five Hawkins, who rattled off five wins in succession to dump Allen out of the tournament.

Allen, ranked 12th in the world, said: “I didn’t do a lot wrong but, at the latter stages, you have to do a lot more right than I did.

“The last session was frustrating. Barry did a good job and froze me out. Any chances I had were half-chances and the balls were awkward.

“Barry did very well and I was probably average. But it should have been over after the first 20 frames. I felt Barry was hanging on.

“I should have gone 10-6 up and that would have been a pretty commanding lead,” he told BBC Sport.

“And I also had a good chance to go 12-8 up as well and these are the things that can cost you.

“As the match went on Barry got stronger and I got weaker so credit to Barry.”

Hawkins’ victory has set up a clash with Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals.