Perry: ‘Rocket’ is beatable

Joe Perry during his match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 21, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire EMN-140424-092333002
Joe Perry during his match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 21, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire EMN-140424-092333002
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Chatteris cueman Joe Perry says Ronnie O’Sullivan is not unbeatable in the run-up to tonight’s (Thursday) snooker World Championship second round match in Sheffield.

The world number 15 goes into the Dafabet World Championship meeting against reigning champion the Rocket on the back of a comeback to beat Scotland’s Jamie Burnett 10-7 after trailing 6-3 overnight at the Crucible.

Perry said: “I have played Ronnie so many times, including here at the Crucible.

“He is a joy to watch but we all have to believe that we can win, and that if we play our best and cut out the errors and perhaps he isn’t firing on all cylinders, then he remains beatable.”

Of the Burnett match, Perry (39) said: “I dug in and stuck with it. I don’t think I played overly bad yesterday, it was just that Jamie punished me for my mistakes. I knew if I got chances I’d have to make more of them.”

Afterwards, Burnett revealed that he now finds it difficult to motivate himself for matches.

“I don’t really bother too much about snooker anymore, I’ve lost a lot of enjoyment from the game,” Burnett told BBC Sport.