Mason aiming for big time

Bluebirds youngster staying positive after final defeat

Joe Mason: Determined to help Cardiff City win promotion to the Premier League

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Cardiff City striker Joe Mason is as determined as ever to help the club win promotion in the wake of their Carling Cup final defeat.

The Bluebirds came within a whisker of seeing off favourites Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday only to lose 3-2 on penalties to Kenny Dalglish's troops.

Mason opened the scoring in the game, which finished 2-2 after extra time, and the youngster now wants to take the south Wales club into England's top flight and play against the country's elite on a weekly basis.

The former Plymouth Argyle man believes without any distractions to their league campaign Malky Mackay's side can fully focus on closing the gap on second-placed West Ham.

Positives

"There are a lot of positives to be taken from this, especially going back into a league campaign. We've got no distractions now and we're going to try and get promoted," commented Mason.

"You want to play against the best players and everything at Cardiff is built to play in the Premier League, going that extra mile and we will get there.

"West Ham are coming next Sunday and that's all we can think about now. There are no distractions. There are eight games in March and we've got to try to get on a good run and get up that league."

Emotions

The match capped a remarkable rise through the ranks for the 20-year-old, who last season was fighting a losing battle against relegation to League Two with Plymouth.

"I'll remember that until the day I go," he continued. "I couldn't imagine when I was playing for Plymouth Argyle last season that this year I'd be playing and scoring at Wembley against Liverpool - the team I support. It's mad.

"It's really mixed emotions. To get a goal at Wembley is massive, I can't even explain it, but to lose the game is devastating.

"The manager tried to get us up and said how proud he is of us, but we know we could have beaten Liverpool and that's a hard thing to take."