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Good evening and welcome to snooker
extra, extended highlights of the UK
championship. We see Martin Gould
take on Xiao Guodong of China.
Commentary from Stephen Hendry and
COMMENTATOR: Xiao Guodong breaks. I
think this will be an attacking
match. Both players
think this will be an attacking
match. Both players like to get on
with it, go for their shots and
Not too sure what route Martin Gould
arrived here today, whether it was
on the back of a bike, or through a.
It might be a style. There is only
Xiao Guodong, straight
from Strictly. Beauties. On a
serious note, I thought it Xiao
Guodong was going to be the next big
thing, got a lot of talent. But for
whatever reason, hasn't managed to
realise that talent. Played him in
an exhibition when he was only 14,
15, got a total clearance against
me. I thought, this guy has got
I do feel, slowly and
surely, a lot of the Chinese are
starting to make their mark on the
Very aggressive and considering he
hasn't had much table time, that is
a shot he couldn't guarantee.
This red on the black spot is a good
one to get rid of, obviously. Won't
be able to play for the black this
time, but it makes break-building a
lot easier. Don't know if he can
screw through the.
Underrated player, Martin Gould.
Doesn't seem to be overawed by any
situation. Unusual in respect that
he wears normal glasses to play.
think they are special glasses he
looks over the top of two play shots
Why is he wearing them if he
looks over the top of them?
When he is looking at the table from
this position, looking through the
glasses and when he gets down he is
looking over the top, clear of the
rings. He obviously hasn't got that
poor eyesight, I would imagine. Not
the first time we have discussed
this, but it is quite fascinating.
Cannon on the middle read. The only
drawback is he has tied the black
dog for the right corner.
cannon would have pushed the red
free of the black line. Probably
won't be an issue. Very, very
efficient. This cue ball hasn't
moved any distance so far in this
break. That is the art of
break-building at the top of the
To be fair, he was given a
gift in this opening frame. Just
what he wants, easy chance with the
balls everywhere. Very aggressive
shot by Xiao Guodong. Tough shot to
play, the cue ball was quite close
to the side cushion. It made the
shot even harder.
now, the lay of The reds. Got a bit
of a kick on the last red and that
has taken the pace out of the cue
ball. More work to do with the cue
ball here. Had to sacrifice a little
bit of distance between balls, but
as long as this red to the right of
the pink goes in, it's pretty
He is striking the ball nicely,
Always nice to get off to a
good start, especially in one
session match. It is important in
even longer matches, but settling
down in matches, is never
guaranteed. Opus group that a
fraction. Didn't want to be that
close to the cushion. Although
perhaps it was unavoidable, to get
straight on one of these reds. He'll
expect him to get it.
The first shot but hasn't gone to
plan so far. Going to have to play
the pink to left middle. Which is
One more red and this has been a
very comfortable visit to the table.
He's never looked in any danger,
very composed, very relaxed. Never
really had any tough shots to play.
And this is the best way of
punishing your opponent of his
mistake, winning the frame in one
But on another day, when you
are not as comfortable amongst the
balls, you could make an easy visit
like this very difficult. Good
control. Martin Gould, outdoing Xiao
Guodong in the belt department, that
is for certain. It is a beauty.
Jag or donk comes back for a bit of
practice, but it is going to be 1-0,
to Martin Gould. -- shall gong.
I don't see the point in coming to
the table to play a tough shot. If
Martin Gould had left an easy one,
then yes, pot some balls but
otherwise, I don't see the point.
Play a tough shot and missed them by
a mile, it is only going to make you
feel worse when you go into the next
Martin Gould with that impressive
break of 82. Takes the first frame.
Match is back to all square and now
it is the best of nine.
As is the done thing now, a player
knows when a risky shot, gets out of
the way of the shot and the referee
can look at exactly where the cue
ball is, should there be a file
called. Paul Collier, may have more
experience than these two lads put
together. Has been around for
centuries now in the game.
I didn't expect any harm to be done
from that shot, but he has left this
red. Bad judgment from Martin Gould.
I'm sure he was playing into the
bunch of The reds. Gets the cue ball
to stop and quickly. It hasn't done.
He's got enough angle to play-off
may be three or four questions.
Requires a lot of cute power,
although these tables help you out
in that department, more so than a
Tough pot, I don't
think you will be playing this.
Maybe angle wide off the first
question. That is why the cue ball
has ended up at this down of the
The flick on the brown has left him
perfect to get the cue ball back up
to this end of the table.
Aggressive shot. Everything was
covering each other, there wasn't an
easy red to play for. This red is
on. He can play of the cushion to
the pink for the same pocket but
when you are playing with more pace
and bridging over, the slightest
deviation, you miss this red.
Don't think he will be playing the
pink now, it will be glued to the
green pocket. Virtually nothing to
do with the cue ball. -- it will be
blue. Couple of reds available to
the right corner. Depends how far he
wants to screw the cue ball back.
Should he pot this blue, looking
further ahead, that black will be
difficult to get into open play. Hit
his hand on the edge of the table
then. Going through with the cube,
he hit his hands before he hit the
ball. Hurt his finger.
I thought he
had got an electric shock, sometimes
that happens on the table. But you
were right. Bad miss on the blue.
Had nothing to do with the cue ball,
just concentrate on the pot. Missed
it by a mile. Good opportunity now
for Xiao Guodong.
He will be disappointed with the
outcome. I would imagine he got a
bit low on the cue ball. I think
perhaps he was playing to stun onto
the cushion and then off again. Now
he has made a realistically chance
of winning the frame into a tough
He never looked in a rhythm in
that break at any stage. When Martin
Gould miss the blue, it was a
comfortable chance. But he seemed to
take a long time over shots, Xiao
Guodong, when it looked pretty
straightforward. When Martin Gould
went to 82, had a good rhythm around
the table. Maybe he hasn't settled
down yet, Xiao Guodong. Still a bit
Looked like he was creating problems
that weren't there.
That was a much better pot than it
looked, bridging over. Not out of
the woods yet.
Two reds beside the pink. This isn't
an easy chance.
Great shot from Guodong. Superb
control. Not guaranteed to get leave
from this, but it's not easy. I
think Martin Gould will be tempted
by the one cushion escape, dead
weight. He's got to be careful.
Wrong side of the red could develop
the other red. He doesn't want to
hit the pink, obviously. Left the
two alone, I think. The two alone by
the pink. Played that well, if
that's how he played it.
All those three reds look to be
covering each other to the right
corner. That yellow is a little
tempter to try and get in behind.
That was a far better choice of
shots from Martin Gould there.
Returning the compliment. Guodong
down very quickly here. Playing this
ultra thin. Tough shot. He's playing
Chance to perhaps get the black into
play. Playing very thin on the red
by the black, on to the cushion
first, knock the black into play,
get the cue ball down the table. Red
is obviously available into the
right middle, the left middle. So,
once again, playing the positive
Didn't hit it particularly
positively though. I don't know
about that one. The way he played it
was less committal than the shot
Unlucky. Martin Gould had a problem
if he potted the red. It wasn't the
easiest of opportunities. It looked
for a second that Guodong had
punished him. That bump got in the
way. This is a lot tougher
proposition, screwing back with the
You almost wouldn't be surprised to
see the miscue here with the
extension. It become as possibility,
digging right down on that cue ball.
How well has he hit that? What a mag
enough September shot.
Unfortunately, I think he's hit it
too well he was hoping to be on the
red into the middle so he could drop
off the side cushion for the pink
into the right corner. He's come lob
sided on the red over the middle
pocket. He may not have the right
angle on the red into the left
corner. He would have to go back up
for the baulk corner.
16 point lead. These three open reds
would be enough.
Couldn't have judged that better.
From not doing too much in this
match, Martin Gould looks like he
will be going 2-1 behind. Obviously
the blue earlier in the frame looks
to be pretty costly.
Pink to leave Martin Gould needing a
snooker. Not trying to be too fancy
with this one, but he's played that
well. That's put paid to this third
frame. Another scrappy affair.
Sometimes the balls dictate, if they
go awkward straightaway, colours go
Looks to have the
perfect angle to break this red out
Wanted to hit black first. 50 points
in front, Martin Gould won't be
coming back to the table.
Xiao Guodong goes into a 2-1 lead.
Decent pot, is he on a colour? Even
if he's on the green, it's not...
It's very difficult to control, to
get any position on the red. I think
the red only goes into the pocket
that the green is covering?
could play cushion first on the
green, play with power. He's not
even attempting the green here. He
thinks it's a really low percentage
chance of getting on the red. Trying
to play a telling safety shot. Not
going to disagree with him there. He
does promote the yellow into a
pottable position. So clever little
shot here. Now the yellow is in
play. Didn't really want to let
Martin Gould have a one cushion
Looks like he hasn't. So Martin
Gould hoping to push that red
towards the green pocket. That's a
safe area. Four ball kiss he'd be
Pretty wide of that.
Don't know if he could have come off
the side cushion. A lot more assured
of hitting the red if he could have
He needs an angle on the yellow
after this green, just so he can
stun the cue ball across and leave
that red to the green pocket.
He really got into that. I mean he
overscrewed it. I mean, he's on the
green, but, in a way, you were
expecting as a play tore have an
easier shot. It seems to put a bit
more pressure on the green now. You
look stupid if you miss it. So, he's
got to regroup, just treat this as a
shot that would come up anyway in
normal play. Hit it postively.
-- positively. He nearly flicked it
out. He had two chances in a way. If
he flicked it out, it would have
been wonderful. He wasn't that far
off getting round the back of it for
the red, as Stephen said, into the
I can't believe I'm going to say,
this I think I would have rolled it
behind the yellow rather than play
the green there.
What? Are you
advocating a safety shot?
the green there.
What? Are you
advocating a safety shot?
I might have got a few points from
safety. If Gould you willed had hit
the red he might have stuck it up.
Are you on antibiotics at the moment
or something? -- Martin Gould had
hit the red, he might have stuck it
up. Are you on antibiotics at the
moment or something?
Great effort. Dangerous effort. May
not be a four ball snooker, if at
all. It looks like you can even cut
Martin Gould, 20 points in front.
Guodong's going for this. Hit it
firm, black's on. Very important pot
there from Guodong. Can he hold it
for the black or is it going to
trundle down the table? He's trying
to tell it to stop. It's not going
to help. He's not happy. You can see
he's not happy. Even we could see
his eyes, they're not happy. If it's
too thin he can always roll up
behind the black.
I think it does cut in the black,
but then obviously it's so thin that
the cue ball's... You just lose
control of the cue ball.
The right middle pocket to think
As long as you don't absolute
will I blast at it you think would
end up in the bottom half of the
It must have been... He mustn't have
fancied the pot. I'd have been
tempted to just take my chances with
where that cue ball is going to end
Yeah. If you said the cue ball
is in the baulk area of the table
you would be unlucky not to have a
pot at the yellow, some sort of pot.
But he has got command of this
frame. Even though he's 19 points
behind. Martin Gould has only got to
hit this yellow, he's got to get it
A nice way to play this would
somehow be to, if you did miss it,
end up in the top half of the table.
It may have been a possibility of a
way of doing that. You're committing
really this way. Trying to get lucky
if he misses somehow. If he misses
and Guodong doesn't like it, he's
going to be put back. Good effort
there from Martin Gould to try and
lay on that yellow. 12 feet of
distance of travel.
Has it gone round the back? P pots
and I think he's got a way of
getting on the green as well. Didn't
take much time on getting down on
Has he got the pace right? No good.
No, the reason it's no good is that
brown, behind the pink. The angle
he's got on the green is natural if
the pink wasn't there for the brown
to the same pocket. He may have to
play for the brown to right middle.
Playing it slowly makes the green
missable. I don't suppose he will,
but getting perfect on the brown is
not easy. Oh, didn't know what he
was doing there. That was a weird
I can only assume he was
playing some sort of cannon into the
pink and brown.
Side spin. Stun with
right hand side.
Or just to come
round off two cushions, miss the
pink and leave the brown to the left
corner. Just make sure of the green.
Yeah. If he pots the green and he
doesn't get nicely on the brown he
can roll up nicely behind the pink.
Martin Gould can surely get off the
brown on one cushion here. Well,
he's two balls off winning this
frame and getting out of the session
at 2-2. I think 2-2 is a fair
result, neither player deserves to
be in front in this match.
He just about got on the blue.
In it goes. He will be relieved.
Mark Williams style effort here on
the pink. Perhaps not as good as
Mark, never mind. Guodong carrying
on for snookers, but I think it will
be 2-2 at the interval.
I don't know
if Martin Gould normally pots those
shots with ease. Why not take the
rest out and make sure you pot the
pink and get this frame over with.
OK, he's 99 times out of 100 he's
still going to win, but look at this
What you are saying is - you
want a cup of tea?
The last thing Martin Gould wants is
for 10, 15 minutes trying to get out
of snookers. Pot the pink, get on to
the practice table, get your arm
moving again. Very strange shot that
Excellent effort, it really is.
Not been much to talk about in the
last three frames, but that is one
of the best shots we've seen.
Martin Gould, after that very
strange shot, to try and pot the
pink, has put himself under pressure
in this frame.
With ball-in-hand, you do get a
chance to play a better snooker, but
it's not an easy snooker. He's got
to get a good one, not just a
snooker. What is the weight like? It
looks pretty good. It might be a bit
Yeah, what he had to do
was at least keep the object ball
safe. He hasn't done. Martin Gould
coming round to see what the
situation is. Cue ball in the green
pocket. That would be an error. I
wouldn't be surprised the way these
frames have gone. But it's in. It's
not been a snooker for the
puristses, you could say. Let's hope
it's better after the interval, but
it's 2-2 between Xiao Guodong and
-- pureists. So scoring opportunity
for Xiao Guodong. If you want to be
attacking, the green has a lovely
angle to go into the bunch. A big
target. He may not feel that way
inclined at the moment. Don't feel
that confident. It couldn't be
better on the green.
When I saw him as a Youngster he
doesn't have the same flow in cue
action he used to have. I can't
remember the word you use, Steve,
Unflowing. He's put the cue
ball in exactly the same position
now to go into the pack of reds. Is
he going to do it now, he might as
well have done it before. Perhaps he
will choose another positional shot.
Well played. He didn't go into the
reds, but it turned out perfectly.
He can stun this red for the black
into the same pocket.
It begs the
question why he didn't do it the
first time because he couldn't
guarantee he would get perfect on
the green. Regardless. This is now a
At some stage in this match you
would expect the standard to rise.
Maybe it's who gets off the ground
Yeah everyone has bad days, no doubt
about it. Whoever wins this match,
they know if they ply like this in
the next round against, we presume
it would be Ronnie O'Sullivan no,
disrespect to his opponent, whoever
wins this match will have to play a
lot better. They are going to be sat
in the chair for a long time.
The only red pottable to this one is
the red of the three. Either right
corner or left middle.
Quite straight on the black, so
screw back and touch of right hand
side. Take the cue ball up the
Not the best angle. He should
get it right.
Played it nicely. Even
if he's not straight on the red,
there's a gap there to stun the cue
ball through with the black to the
same pocket. He could possibly play
with topspin to move the two reds
and leave pink to left middle. I
think the stun really.
He's going to
need these remaining three reds.
Cannon on the pink. Well played. So
playing with a little bit more
rhythm, Xiao Guodong. He has taken
these well so far. He doesn't really
want to be straight on the black.
That's careless if he is because the
shot they played previously, the
screwback shot, if he overdose it he
could snooker himself behind the
I don't know if he's checked
to see if there's a plant into the
Because of the pink he played that
to the side.
Over hit that somewhat. Now this red
is missable. Just got a bit too much
That's the last thing he
wanted was the frame ball to be a
Would be a
It horrible ending to
this break should he miss it.
He got a kick on that.
Not his fault he got a kick. It was
his fault he was out of position.
It could be a big moment in this
Finished in an ideal position.
Played that shot like a hit and
hope. Didn't seem to have a plan to
get on a colour.
This could be a moment in this
match. Xiao Guodong should have been
3-2 ahead by now.
I think I am correct in saying that
Martin Gould is still in with a
chance of sneaking into the top 16
in the race to the Masters.
If the information has changed, I do
apologise for my lack of knowledge.
Yesterday he was in the race.
Depending on other results, of
Because the pink isn't on its spot,
he has played left to right middle.
But it came off the cushion quite
This is a tricky cut back for the
Look where the cue ball ended up. It
was an excellent frame. Xiao Guodong
should have won it. Didn't get
position on the last red. Martin
Gould takes it, 3-2.
breaks off in the second frame after
the interval. Having won the first
against the head. Advantage, Martin
Forced into that, he did well to get
the cue ball down the table. Makes
it difficult positional play the
You have to say, he's not had a
great brunt of the balls today, Xiao
Guodong. -- run of the balls.
I think Martin Gould has identified
the red next to the black as the
best idea of trying to get a hit and
He may have got away with that.
Bridging over the top of the ball
makes this a more difficult
prospect. You fancy him to get it,
but no guarantee of position. He can
probably get the blue, on second
thoughts. The blue cuts in, but
difficult to control the cue ball.
Nice choice from Xiao Guodong, that
if he accidentally missed it, he
might cover the pocket. Can he turn
this into a frame-winner? The pack
is tight, but one good angle on the
black could reap rewards.
I get the feeling it is not going to
be Xiao Guodong's day here. He's not
firing on any cylinders.
Martin is looking how he gets into
this bunch of The reds. Lots of
It is a pretty big
target that way.
Pretty good, he wants to stun it off
the two cushions. Just get into the
middle of the pack.
Nice shot, bit
unlucky. More than a bit unlucky,
really. Even half of a ball, a
quarter of a bald more contact on
the pack, they would have opened up
and the cue ball would have stayed
in the top half of the table. Does
he try and keep this break going?
Has he got a shock to nothing at the
same time? It's hard to see him
turning this red down.
He may have to play this red with
lots of left-hand side to get the
right side of the blue. Needs to be
just off straight to be able to play
that shot. There is an argument to
say play for the black. Can stun
into the bunch. The only danger with
this sometimes, you hit the side of
the bunch of reds and the cue ball
goes up to the ball could end of the
table. -- ball end.
Not too far off
being perfect. A bit unlucky. Did he
get another electric shock or
something. He is twitching with his
hand again. Really unlucky. He has
given a belt into the meat of the
pack. A bit low on it, yes, but
splitting hairs, really.
leaves the cue ball by this
left-hand side cushion, he's not
leaving anything. Certainly didn't
expect him to play like that.
hadn't got it totally safe. He still
left the red into the same middle
pocket. Wasn't even a benefit to
play it that way. Xiao Guodong has
unmissable red, but he could hold
for the black plate of these three
reds. Not like that. Didn't hit that
with enough conviction.
Good recovery from Xiao Guodong.
Little bit of work to be done with
the implements. Stunning across the
face of the black here, it looks.
Bit of screw back. That was strange.
What's happened there? Must have
just caught the red, bounce the
white ball. Thought he could screw
back without touching that one. Even
though I said it looked like it
wasn't going to be his day, he's not
really in unlawful position. Just
his general standard, he needs to
it. Either playing this game could
potentially just fall over the line.
It will be like pulling teeth, if it
happened that way.
Two reds on the pink spot. I don't
know if the bottom one goes to the
corner. Obviously it does. Sometimes
you need to be at the table to see
the true angle as to whether it goes
or not. You feel for his own belief
in winning this match, he has to win
this frame at this visit. If he
keeps failing, his confidence keeps
taking a hit and you wonder how he
can come back from it.
Couldn't keep position on the blue.
But always nice to have all colours
available. Little bit of danger on
where those three reds are to the
right. Could find yourself in a
positional trap. Is playing down the
right-hand side of the table. Looks
to have overscrewed this by some
distance. That is a long way out.
This red into the middle pocket,
wasn't one he played.
He was fortunate to have that red.
He was that far out with his
position. Good pot.
Red, colour, red.
Similar to the last frame. Frame
ball, he's left one that is
Doesn't have too played
position though. Should do, but
doesn't have too. Position was more
or less automatic. So he will be
feeling a bit better inside that he
has survived a little bit of a
I said before, although the
last two frames, he had a couple of
60 breaks, he's not been playing
well. But still he is 3-3.
50 points behind. A very unlikely
you can get back into the match from
this position. Barring snoopers, it
At professional level, it is a minor
miracle to win a frame 50 points
behind. 49 points behind you can win
with one snooker and a free ball.
Some fluke snookers. Some people are
clapping. They must think it is all
Come on Xiao Guodong, green ball.
Well done. He will feel a lot
better. Should have won the last
frame, made a break of 62 but missed
the last red. He has missed the
green, but it doesn't matter, Xiao
Guodong levelled the match at 3-3.
You won't see a
better ball struck all week, I don't
care who you are watching. This was
Black ball, tied up
Has left himself a nice angle on
this red to get back out down the
table. I assume the pink spot is
He has played for the pink. It goes
on the black spot. It's not too bad.
Where is the next red coming from if
he is wrong sided?
There is a possibility of a couple
of reds in the corner.
He had to trust a bit to look. He
has played an excellent shot. --
Perfect on the blue. It looks such a
simple shot to play. He couldn't put
the cue ball any better if he had
picked it with his hand.
It seems a
more difficult shot on fast cloth.
Sheik of the head by Martin Gould.
He wanted to be a bit lower to get
back for the blue. Now he's got to
play a power screw back. Shaking his
head as if it was a bad positional
shot. As it turns out, where is the
Can only assume he didn't want the
pink back on the spot.
Some people just shake their head
for no reason. I think snooker
players, when you want to put the
cue ball exactly where you want to
put it and it doesn't go there. We
are all perfection when it comes to
the cue ball.
There is an example of
how difficult it is to get perfect
on the blue. He can do this, should
he want to play but the cue ball
will be running away. It takes some
good control to keep it under severe
Unfortunate flick off the pink and
out of position. Tough pots
available into the middle pocket.
Bit of pressure on this.
He has missed that and now he has
given Xiao Guodong a chance.
He has an angle here, is it worth
the top spin and cannon into the
reds. Just to open things up a bit.
He could have done. But there are
times when that is perhaps the
correct mode of operation. Keep on
going back for the blue. Try to get
exactly the right angle on the blue.
That was a great shot. Can't argue
with that one. He has a couple of
reds into that left corner. Judging
by the first time he played it, he
may be going for one of those reds
into the left corner. Doesn't have
to go off the side cushion, can stun
Might be in a bit of a trap. Might
be no way back.
May be forced to
play a cannon on the black.
shot, it could go wrong and he could
be made to look a bit foolish, I
suppose. He's looking at the line,
isn't he? Half ball cannon, very
softly. Can't afford to hit it too
hard. Might snooker him. Have two
hit it hard enough to get the other
side of it. I think I would have
preferred the softer cannon, even
though I would have left the black
closer to the question. Wasn't a bad
way of going about it. Tough pink.
This is a brave shot. You get it,
chance to go 5-3 ahead. If you miss
it, it is 4-4. Or you will go back
to your chair expecting it to be
It is a tough pot, made
fractionally tougher than if it was
on its preferred spot. It is more of
an acute angle, by a fraction. I
don't like this shot, I don't like
playing it. Sometimes you have too.
He's already looked at the safety
option. I assume he's turning it
down, isn't he?
I couldn't turn this
He looked at the safety
option. Why bother going down the
table, I suppose. Big shot in the
In the end, I don't know why he went
down the other end of the table. He
put negativity in his mind. It was
the right shot to go for the pot, he
didn't have two hit it that hard.
It's probably cost him the frame. If
you going for the pot, go for it,
don't be thinking about safety shots
and then go back down and play for
If you don't fancy the pink enough,
then you're not going to get it, are
you? If you absolutely don't like
the shot, perhaps then you don't go
for it, even if you get criticised
for not going for it. Tough
decisions snooker throws up.
But in the end that's what sorts out
the winners from the losers, being
able to make these decisions under
pressure, being able to play the
right shot. That's what, I suppose,
you could say in most sports, being
able to make the right decisions
when it really matters.
I'm sure a sports psychologists
would have had a field day with that
particular shot, once they
understood the game. Great chance
now for Martin Gould to get back on
Hard to make a case for this match
going any other way but 5-5. At the
moment neither player seems to be
able to really take this match by
the scruff of its neck and win it.
One frame at a time it is. Neither
player can get up a bit of momentum.
Pink and a red to draw level.
This red for the frame.
Make sure to pot the pink and make
sure he pots one red to make sure
his opponent doesn't come back to
the table. 55, 43 on, there's every
chance that Guodong will come back
to the table and try for snookers.
That's another frame were both
players had two or three chances,
but it's Martin Gould who wins it
and draws level again at 4-4.
Guodong can play an aggressive shot
here if he chooses. Pot this red,
screw the cue ball through the reds,
put them everywhere. You would think
he would have to be very unlucky not
to be on a colour.
Just got a bit too much forward
momentum on the cue ball. Just went
forwards first before it started to
come back. Well, we see Martin miss
a lot easier chance than this, but
Guodong can get his hand on the
table, straight cueing. Shots you
practice all day long.
Let's see how
hard he hits this. A pressure shot.
No need to hit it hard. Why is he
Why is he screwing
back? To get the right side of the
red. The red over the pocket, the
right middle. , he could get back
for the blue. That makes that shot
so much more difficult, putting that
extra pace in means that the ball
won't drop in the hole.
I don't think you would have seen
Ronnie O'Sullivan play that shot as
The priority there was potting the
He's out on the table. He can see
where that red is over the middle
pocket. If he pots the blue and
stuns it dead. It's a thinner cut
and the cue ball will come to the
top cushion, surely he can get it
back down the table again. I would
love to know what was going through
his mind there. That's tight. Enough
Will he risk dropping on the black?
Well, this isn't good.
He's got the red with the... He
didn't have much of a check up
before he played that shot. That in
itself was an error, not knowing
exactly where the pink ball was
going to spot. He always had this
red with the extended rest, but not
Can he drop on the black?
The black is available to the right
or left corner. Maybe there's too
much angle on this red. Play some
sort of cannon. He needs to be lucky
here. He has been. What a result,
what a result.
Played the aggressive shot. I
suppose you could say fortune
favours the brave. If he'd not been
on that black, we'd have been
digging out his positional sense.
Just about going to drop in.
That was in the middle when it
started, but ended up going in-off
the front jaw.
Well, here's a chance
for a frame-winning contribution.
First one fell short with a poor
rest shot, but he shouldn't be
needing the rest for a while here,
if at all.
Didn't really want to come away from
the black, but obviously felt he had
He's over hit that a little bit, but
there's a red below the black that
goes. Doesn't have to stay on the
black, as I said, he can come back
up the table.
It's not ideal, is it, Stephen?
for blue here, I think.
If he'd have gone wrong side of the
pink there he could have come
He's kept this break going and now
starting to look more like prime
One more positional shot he's got to
get right with those five reds a bit
crowded in the middle of the table.
Ideally, he'd like to break them
open and have an insurance red at
one over the left corner, so perhaps
he's going to try to go into them
now. Though I'm not so sure he's got
the angle. Would have liked to have
been low on the black so he could
play some type of screw shot into
the reds. Leave himself on that one
by the left corner. Now he may have
to bite the bull in the that
Guodong's only hope now is that
after this next black that somehow
Martin Gould gets unlucky. It's a
Another red to the right of the five
is the one to connon. If it goes
wrong though you're on nothing he
may choose to go into the main
bunch, hope for the best. He played
it well. He's got a choice of two
reds to either middle pocket. OK,
he's grimacing slightly
reds to either middle pocket. OK,
he's grimacing slightly. This is OK
He caught it more than he
wanted. It's still a good positional
shot. He should get this. That's
Surprising missing the red. 69
points in front, Martin Gould, 59 op
the table. That was a careless shot
to miss that. If he pots that red,
his opponent doesn't come back to
Hanging on in here, 53 points
behind. One more red and black and
then keep that last red on the
It's not come that well for snookers
on this red. 45 behind. Absolutely
no way he should pot the red. Even
if he could get on the black.
Not a bad try. Oh, nearly.
I think he can see enough to pot
Yep, it's there. Martin Gould has
taken two frames in a row from 4-3
down, he's going to lead 5-4, one
up, with two play, as we say. Xiao
Guodong concedes. One frame to get
into the quarter-final. He leads
Martin Gould breaks off hoping for
one good chance in the next two
frames. Ideally this frame.
It's getting to the sharp end of
this match, adrenaline, tension is
rising. Will that hone in the
player's concentration. He's going
He struck it so well, he's gone past
the baulk line. I don't know if that
was his plan. He's put it into a
safe position, but ideally those
type of shots you leave yourself
slightly short of the baulk line for
a good choice of a frame winner so
early on. He should get this green
into the middle. It's a bit of an
He's got two reds, perhaps three
reds, that go into the left corner.
He's got choices.
Wants to get way from this side
He doesn't want to be straight on
this red. A bit more difficult.
Somebody moving in the crowd, I
think. Somebody is doing something.
The light is catching your
Unlucky, reflection of
someone's watch. Just digging down a
bit makes this shot a bit harder.
He'll be happy with that strike.
Looks like he's going to go into
them here, the far part of the pack
would be a nice part to go into, not
screw it in, stun it in.
Could have gone piano them. There's
a couple of loose reds. Perhaps he's
seen a far more assured way. At some
stage he's got to open the pack,
Yeah, I agree. Perfect angle, but I
suppose this red he can leave this
low, the red to the left corner,
leave it low. Maybe that was his
plan all along.
Screw back across
the face of them, nothing wrong with
As long as you can guarantee getting
that positional shot that he's just
played. Play it with topspin it's a
little bit more in the lap of the
Gods where the cue ball end up. Oh,
my goodness. I mean the screw back
shot guarantees position on the
black. That in itself is probably
these days considered the wrong
shot. He's so worried about where
the cue ball is going he missed the
Yeah, I agree. The decision
should have been to go into the pack
off the black, two shots previously.
He's given Martin Gould an
opportunity to get this match over
and done with.
That's not a gimme. He knows as long
as he pots it, automatic position on
a red to either left middle or left
corner. Just keep still on this, cue
It's been a poor standard. It's just
who can possibly keep themselves
together to over the line in this
match. I can't say that any player
is favourite at this moment.
with Martin Gould's experience
should have seized that opportunity.
Wrong side of the blue, so further
away from the reds than he wanted.
On what we've seen so far, I can't
say that I'm absolutely confident
this is going in.
Yeah, in the end, it was very well
struck. But it's hard to know how
many chances in the frame that each
player needs to get the job done.
They are good for the morale though
when you knock one in, especially
after you've missed an easy one.
Topspin is a strange choice for me
here. Will be hard to get right side
of the blue.
Just looking for where
the break is going to end at the
moment, aren't you? It's a terrible
way to look, but it's just been that
type of game, you just don't fancy
there is going to be a frame-winning
clearance from here. We are talking
about the best players in the world,
just having a bad day in the office.
Motoring down there. Is there a red
that goes into the right corner?
This red to the left corner is OK,
but it's not so easy to get back out
into open play.
He may choose to
actually use the bunch here. Cue
ball into the bunch. Every chance if
he hits the bunch of reds the cue
ball could go up to that end of the
table, where the colours are,
possibly be in the pink.
If he hits
the right part of the bunch, of
That's exactly what he
played. Good shot.
Good thinking. Criticised him for
some bad thinking, that was the
opposite. No! I don't think he's
even on a red.
He's not a red. From Martin Gould's
perspective, once again, you must be
pleased he's missed blue. Martin
Gould must come to the table
thinking - I've been left the Crown
jewels. Can he had pot one? Does one
goes past? Yes, it does.
Can he see
You can have no excuses.
No, he's 37
points behind. He's basically
looking at a clearance.
If he doesn't do it from here, it's
only the situation, the fact that
he's not playing with full
confidence. You see another shake of
the head. Not where he wanted the
cue ball to be.
Does he consider he
had a bad contact there that took
some of the spin-off the cue ball?
It didn't sound like that one.
Play the cannon on the pink and
leave the pink to right middle here.
Pretty straight-forward shot, but I
think at this stage nothing is
Yeah. You can play
off two cushions round for the pink
A bit short of pace, perhaps. That's
a sign of tension.
Tension in the arm.
Blue in and out of baulk is never
certain, position Ali. --
opsitionally. -- positionally.
There's a lot at take for Martin
Gould, apart from the fact of a
place in the quarter-finals he's
involved in the mixup for the race
to the Masters. Couldn't have played
that much better.
No, I was going to
say, that could be the match winning
shot. Sometimes when you play a
perfect positional shot it gets you
back in, in the right frame of mind.
When you're struggling around trying
to get position, you don't seem to
fancy it, but now he's in, I don't
see him going wrong from here.
Couldn't have placed it better. Is
there going to be one more twist and
one more mini nightmare for Martin
Gould or can he get over the line in
Head shaking going on. He got in
perfect position from that good shot
on the blue, he managed to leave
himself needing a cannon, which he's
done very well. Just a series of
little stuns and screws now. The cue
ball shouldn't be travelling any
ask for better. Around the pink
sometimes less pressure than around
You have four pockets to
play for, haven't you, rather than
Wouldn't want to leave himself dead
straight on the pink. The line he's
got on the red is perfect to make
sure that he doesn't leave himself
So pot the pink, off the side
cushion, out into the open table. It
really is a guilt edged chance now
to get over the line.
He could play for the blue. If there
is tension in your arm, the green is
a safer option.
Perfect on the blue. If he got
straight on the blue.
Yeah not to
clever. The green is more
opportunities, but he looks good. He
looks like he's got himself together
an composed. He takes the lead.
Ahead by eight points. So he needs
another blue. Another blue and he's
A little bit further away from the
green than would have been
comfortable. With the way he's
feeling at the moment. Does he have
to screw for the brown for the same
pocket? No, he played it well.
That's normally the big shot in
clearing the colours, getting
perfectly on the brown. It should be
automatic from here.
Stealing himself for the big effort
to win these two balls.
He's done well, Martin Gould. He's
4-3 down, he's won three frames in a
row. Guodong has had plenty of
chances. He'll look back on this
match and look back at the mistakes.
It's been a good break this from
Martin Gould. It's not been a pretty
match to watch, by any means. Martin
Gould wins 6-4, beats Xiao Guodong
to go through to the quarter-finals.
Hard-fought win for Martin Gould he
is through to the quarter-finals
they get under way later today on
BBC Two. We kick off at 1.00pm. See
you then, goodbye for now.