Romford’s King feeling the pressure

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 November 2015

Romford's Mark King (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Romford's Mark King (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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41-year-old was knocked out of the UK Snooker Championship this week

Mark King admits he is feeling the pressure after losing to Ross Muir in the first round of the UK Snooker Championship in York.

The 41-year-old agonisingly lost the deciding frame in his 6-5 defeat to the young Scotsman after being 5-4 up at one stage, to continue his poor form this season.

Despite making breaks of 123, 84 and 63, the Romford potter was unable to finish off the 20-year-old Scot in what was an epic battle at the Barbican Centre.

King made no excuses for the defeat although admitted pressure was the reason why his long hours of practice aren’t paying dividends.

He said: “The pressure’s too much sometimes. It’s just not good enough anymore. I’m putting the hours in and I’m playing worse.

“Don’t get me wrong he played some good snooker, but in all fairness he shouldn’t win. He’s a good player but if I’m on my game he can’t get near me.

“I missed a couple of silly balls and it’s cost me the game. I didn’t nick any close frames, all the close frames he nicked and all the frames I won were breaks over 50.

“It’s just disappointing that bad things are happening at vital times, for instance in one frame I got a kick on the yellow and then that frame went.”

The defeat to Muir means that King has fallen at the first hurdle of the UK Championship for the second consecutive year after losing 6-0 to James Cahill 12 months ago.

He reached the semi-finals of the tournament back in 2004, but has failed to progress past the third round since.

The world No.37 reached the semi-finals of the Paul Hunter Classic back in August and can’t understand his lack of form since then.

King added: “It’s a horrible game when you’re struggling. I feel like I’m putting the hours in but not reaping the rewards.

“If you look at my results I’ve had in the last few weeks I lost 4-3 to Rory McLeod and he went on to win that tournament, then I lost to Kyren Wilson and he went on to win that tournament.

“I’m just getting beaten by the odd frame. The problem is I’m just not winning these deciding frames.”

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