Pinner Potter Martin Gould cut a dejected figure after crashing out of the UK Snooker Championship at the second-round stage on Sunday.
The 33-year-old let slip a 3-0 lead to lose at the York Barbican 6-5 to Rod Lawler, who made four breaks over 50 to seize control of the match.
And Gould will look back on a chance missed in the deciding frame where, after a superb snooker, he could not clear up the final six balls he needed for victory.
“I’m knackered, it’s never easy when you lose a six-hour marathon like that,” he said.
“I played well to go 3-0 up and Rod was a little bit all at sea. But then after the interval bits didn’t go my way, the ball run didn’t go in my favour and it was a little bit frustrating.
“I started to get a little bit ratty with myself, because I knew how well I was playing but I wasn’t getting clear cut opportunities.
“Rod then did play well to be fair; I can’t take that away from him as he didn’t miss much after the interval.
“A couple of times he got away with misses, but when you’re playing well sometimes you get those breaks.
“I thought I had the match won in the decider, but I missed a straight brown for game, set and match. That’s history now and he’s in the next round and I’m not.
“So I’m disappointed really as I felt like I was in a great position for this tournament playing really well, but that’s life.”
Gould has been on great form of late, making it to the final of the Bulgarian Open and the semi-final of the Wuxi Classic already this season, but is now looking forward to a rest and some time away from snooker.
He added: “It is never nice losing a match 6-5, never mind having led for most of it – especially when it takes that long; six hours of concentration and hard work.
“I’m missing the tournament in Portugal next week, which will leave me for a little while to stew on it.
“But I tend to let these things fly out the window, so I’ll be ok in 24 hours. Once the German Masters comes around for me I’ll be back playing and hopefully will carry on my form from the rest of this season.”
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