Skullman wrote:I think that neck injury really set him back (more so than we thought).
At the Welsh Open I think he really started to feel comfortable win his WN1 position. Then he got into the latter stages more and started the China Open like a train, smashing his opponent.
After the injury, he obviously had that loss to Hawkins, but I think he lost confidence in his game and with the exception of his matches against Mavis in the UK, Robbo in the Masters and Ding and Un-Nooh in Berlin, didn't look that great throughout the season, despite winning more.
Same with this season, with some good matches (Murphy in the Masters, Antwerp PTC, Mags in the Coc) but generally getting by on pure grit.
Luckily something just clicked this fortnight.
Yes he was really coming into form when that neck injury struck. I remember at the time there was talk of it being career ending. I had gone on about him so much and I would have been completely and utterly gutted if it had ended his career because I knew I was right about him, and thankfully he recovered and finally I've been vindicated.
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