Perry ready for tough Allen clash

January 15, 2015 09:53:58 UK

Joe Perry is expecting a ‘really tough match’ against Mark Allen at The Masters, having finally recorded a win in the tournament at the seventh attempt.

Perry had been beaten in the first round on each of his previous six Masters appearances, but ended that run in some style with a 6-3 victory over world number two Ding Junhui.

And he is now preparing to take on Allen in the quarter-finals, with Perry 2.75 to win that match, while his opponent is 1.44 to reach the last four and 8.50 to go on and win the Masters title at Ally Pally.

A relieved Perry told World Snooker: “I’ve got Mark Allen next – who played great today – and I’m not expecting anything other than a really tough match. I’ll enjoy it whatever happens and I believe I can win.”

Northern Ireland left-hander Allen progressed to the last eight with a 6-3 win over John Higgins, despite the Scotsman knocking in three centuries and missing a final yellow when on a possible 147 maximum.

And while Allen was left to look forward to his clash with Perry, Higgins was left to reflect on his need to remain in the top 16 and avoid having to qualify for the World Championship, a tournament he has won on four occasions.

He added: “That’s going to be an aim (staying in the top 16). If I miss out then I miss out, but if I play like that for the second half of the season I should be okay.”

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