Ronnie O’Sullivan’s performance at the Crucible last night was his worst in a single session since he lost all eight frames to Graeme Dott in the third session of their 2006 semi-final.
He missed easy balls and seemed generally ill at ease but – and here comes the positive for Ronnie fans – he still came out of it level with Mark Allen at 4-4.
‘Pants’ was his verdict on one shot, although neither player was helped by a high number of kicks.
Allen has a couple of supporters in who could do with calming down a touch.
One of them shouted out so loud that he put Stephen Maguire off on the other table.
There’s nothing wrong with atmosphere but the Crucible arena is so small that noise is amplified.