I think people get too focused on Selby slowing the game down – There was only a couple of seconds between them in shot time and there was a lot of safety.
They both missed balls and neither were at their best, but it is a three session match and that is the great thing about the WC – that each session tells a different part of the story. They are both starting from level now and it is still anyone’s game – Selby has a positive attitude and certainly won’t be worried about not being ahead – he is good at kicking on as well and also good from behind – he in my opinion has the strongest mental attitude of the current crop – Hendry in the 90s was clearly immense at all aspects, but is quite weak on that side now when he is put under pressure. Ebdon also was strong, but that seems to have slipped. I think Selby will close it out.
Allen does seem to like the tight matches and has won many matches in deciding frames, so I’m not too worried that his game has ebbed and flowed. Good to see Dott show some form and I think he deserves the top 16 place more than Cope, but doesn’t stop me cheering for Mark today! Come on Mark – Give him a thrashing and then get out for a pint!