Snooker: Ross Muir delighted with Belfast progress


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Ross Muir is in positive mood after he booked his place in the third round of the Dafabet Northern Ireland Open by beating Stuart Carrington 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Scot, who is currently outside the top 100 of the world rankings, came from 2-1 down to beat his English opponent at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and set up a clash with David Gilbert in the last 32 on Thursday.

Muir was pleased with the battling spirit he showed to see off Carrington, particularly as he made some “sloppy mistakes” early in the contest.

“I felt really good at the start but made a couple of really sloppy mistakes, let the white go and there were a couple of frames where basic errors crept in and I was suddenly 2-1 down,” Muir told the Edinburgh News.

“So to come back from that is pleasing. Any win against Stuart is nice and I’ll just take the positives from that one into the next one.”

The 22-year-old will potentially face a busy Thursday as if he sees off world number 25 Gilbert then he will also have to play his last-16 contest before the day is out.

The youngster is confident he could handle the pressure of two matches in a day although he knows he must cut out unnecessary mistakes.

“I just have to work on those small lapses in concentration that almost cost me but it didn’t irritate me, instead it made me focus more,” he added.

Muir is priced at 4.00 to see off the challenge of Gilbert who is available at 1.22 to win the best-of-seven frames contest.

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