UK Championship: Joe Perry admits he must 'tighten up' for further progress

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the York Barbican
Joe Perry
Joe Perry has played in five ranking finals during his career
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Venue: York Barbican Dates: 27 November-9 December
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World number 21 Joe Perry says he will have to raise his standards if he is to extend his run at the UK Championship.

The 44-year-old Cambridge potter was a comfortable 6-2 winner over first-year professional Joe O'Connor on Monday night.

Perry, who faces either world number five Judd Trump or Mark King in the last 16, told BBC Sport he needs to cut out unforced errors.

"I am scoring well enough but I will have to tighten up," he said.

Perry reached the European Masters final in October and has twice reached the UK Championship semi-finals and was a quarter-finalist last season.

He continued: "I am playing a few loose safety shots and as you go further the standard gets higher and you get punished.

"I felt like I was in control against Joe. There were a couple of close ones but it was close because of my errors rather than his good play.

"In parts I played well. I scored heavy but even though the match is one-sided, it sometimes just comes down to a couple of balls."

Perry, whose solitary ranking event win came in 2015 in the Players Championship in Thailand, expects any remaining matches at this year's tournament at the York Barbican to be tricky.

"It can only be tough from here on in," he added. "It doesn't matter who you play in the last 16 of the UK Championship.

"If you are not playing a big name your opponent is obviously playing great snooker to get this far."

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