Tom Ford did not hold back as he described his performance as "dreadful" and "embarrassing" despite winning his Championship League group in his home city of Leicester.
Ford completed a 3-1 win over Simon Lichtenberg in his final Group Three match to reach the last 32 after a couple of 2-2 draws against Simon Blackwell and Reanne Evans had left him needing a victory to progress at Morningside Arena.
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“I have no words, I don’t know how I have got through to be honest,” said world number 22 Ford.
“I have played awful all day, I have really struggled. I had the odd frame where I got in and made a good break, but to be honest it’s been dreadful and I don’t deserve to get through; Simon has been a slightly better player in the group.
“I don’t know how I have got through but I have, so I have to look at that as a positive. I haven’t been practicing that much, so there’s your answer.
I can’t say I am pleased to get through because the performance, at times, was embarrassing today. It is one of those things, but I am through and I have to look forward to the next group.
In other action, Chinese teenager Bai Langning enjoyed 3-0 wins against Ben Fortey and David Grace respectively on Thursday before a 2-2 draw with Farakh Ajaib on the re-spotted black in the decider saw the 19-year-old qualify on seven points as Group 10 winner.
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