Joe Perry reached the UK Championship semi-finals in 2004 and 2005
2017 UK Championship
Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 2 December.

World number 22 Joe Perry says his form in making the fourth round of the UK Championship has been a “vast improvement” on the rest of his season.

The Cambridge cueist’s only ranking event quarter-final appearance so far came in the Riga Masters in June.

But the 43-year-old reached the last 16 at the York Barbican with a 6-3 win over world number 44 Kurt Maflin.

“I just haven’t seen a match through from start to finish yet,” Perry, a two-time UK semi-finalist, said.

“Luckily people have missed a couple of balls against me – maybe that’s because I have put them under pressure.

“I haven’t really been punished for my mistakes. But I am happy with the way I am playing. I am not 100%, I am not flying, but it’s a vast improvement on what I have been doing.”

Perry, who will play Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen for a place in the quarter-finals, took the first four frames against Maflin.

“The 4-0 scoreline got to me a bit and all I could see was danger signs,” he said. “I was absolutely in control but the interval changed everything. But I I have been solid in the frames I have won.

“Mark is a top player. If I stay good in my head, if he plays well and beats me then that’s that.

“He has a great temperament. He is pretty good at everything and has been consistent this season. You always have to play well to beat Mark.”

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