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Ronnie O’Sullivan accused of ‘disrespect’ by BBC snooker pundit Alan McManus

The Rocket endured a dismal first session at the tournament in Sheffield on Monday.

Snooker fans at The Crucible today are hoping to see the five-time champion bounce back after his disappointing display on Monday against James Cahill.

The amateur capitalised on some sloppy snooker from O’Sullivan as he fought back to take a 5-4 lead into the second day.

O’Sullivan was felt to have played the table too quickly as he averaged a shot every 15 seconds.

And it appears he has opted to discipline himself with a haircut in a bid to recover his tournament as the world No.1 aims to clinch a sixth world title over the next fortnight.

Heading into the competition, O’Sullivan was in top form after winning the Tour Championship but he opted to take a break rather than play the China Open.

The rustiness The Rocket has shown was not appreciated by Scottish professional Alan McManus.

The BBC Sport pundit and three-time World Championship semi-finalist had his say on O’Sullivan’s approach to facing Cahill.

“If you disrespect your opponent – or the game – from time to time it will bite you back”

Alan McManus

“He wasn’t the Ronnie we’ve seen this season – for me, he was far too casual and laid-back,” McManus said.

“If you disrespect your opponent – or the game – from time to time it will bite you back even the best players.

“Ronnie has got to be on it this morning. That’s what we’ll be looking for.

“Steve made a good point – 15 seconds a shot is far too quick.

“For Ronnie, there’s no mistaking it anymore. We know what he’ll bring.

“For James, we are going to find out an awful lot about this lad this morning.

“More importantly, he will find a lot about himself. If he takes this to 7-7, 8-8, the reality will dawn on him that he could take out Ronnie at the Crucible.

“When the reality of that kicks in, we’re going to find out what he’s got.”

While O’Sullivan quickly levelled at 5-5, this morning’s session has been equally difficult for the great.

Cahill currently leads 7-5 and needs to clinch just three more frames to dump The Rocket out at the first hurdle.

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