UK Championship 2014: Mark Davis disappointed with display

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Barbican Centre, York
Mark Davis
Mark Davis will play Liam Highfield in the second round of the UK Championship
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November-7 December
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Mark Davis was at a loss to explain a below-par display in his first-round win at the UK Championship.

The world number 19 beat Jak Jones 6-2 at the York Barbican on Thursday but told BBC Sport he did not reach the standard he expected.

"It didn't really happen for whatever reason," the Sussex-based star said.

"I just didn't turn up but all that matters is winning so I have got a chance to put that right in the next match."

Davis is a four-time ranking event semi-finalist - including a run to the final four of this season's Australian Open.

And the 42-year-old, who takes on Liam Highfield in round two on Sunday afternoon, said he feels in good form and has been practising hard despite a scrappy game against Welshman Jones.

Davis on Liam Highfield
"He is one of the young guns coming through and a very good potter. I will have to play well against Liam because he is a dangerous player."

Davis said he will also get encouragement from his run to the semi-finals in York two years ago when he beat John Higgins on his way to losing to Mark Selby.

"That was a really good tournament," Davis, who lives in St. Leonard's, said. "I didn't really perform in the semi-final but the rest was really good.

"I won't forget the game against John in a hurry: that was an amazing game.

"I love playing here. York is a lovely place, the arena is tremendous - one of the best we have got, and it's a great tournament."

Jimmy Robertson, also from Sussex, joined Davis in the second round thanks to a 6-1 win over Zhou Yuelong.

"It was a good result but a really scrappy match," said Robertson, who faces two-time UK Championship winner Mark Williams in the last 64.

"I am just happy to win not playing at my best. I know I can get a result playing well and scoring heavily but you need to win when you are not playing at your best.

"He is in a bit of form and is obviously a very good player, but hopefully I can play well. Playing bigger names in the past I have thought too much about it."

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