Handball 'unintentional' - Cardiff City goalscorer Joe Mason

Joe Mason
Joe Mason celebrates his goal against Reading

Cardiff's Joe Mason admitted he handled the ball in the build-up to his opening goal in their 3-1 win over Reading.

But Mason says his actions were unintentional before leading the way for fellow scorers Aron Gunnarsson and Kenny Miller.

"Yeah, I did [handle the ball]. But there was nothing I could do about it," said the 20-year-old striker with his.

"I didn't do it intentionally. I think the ref's seen that and there was nothing wrong with it."

Mason also admits he feared he had wasted his chance after slipping as he approached the goalmouth.

"I thought I lost it, to be fair, on the edge of the box," said the Irishman.

"But I managed to get it away from the defender and put it in."

Mason, who signed for the Bluebirds in July from Plymouth Argyle has now scored five goals for the club.

Former Bluebird Jobi McAnuff's late first-half reply for the Royals disappointed Mason and his team-mates.

"The first half hour I thought we completely dominated and they didn't really get close to us," said Mason.

"But [we gave away] a little bit of a sloppy goal we gave away and we let them back into it.

"But second-half, the last 25 minutes we started causing problems.

"There wasn't too much concern because we're a confident bunch, but it's a goal we definitely shouldn't have let in and we'll look over it and learn from it."

Mason says Cardiff's players are confident they can continue to challenge for promotion to the Premier League in manager Malky Mackay's first season in charge.

"All the coaching staff, the manager are instilling confidence into us, saying it's all up to us, we can do it if we really carry on working really every day and that's what we want to do," said Mason.

"We want to go that extra step this year."

Midfielder Gunnarsson said of the win over Reading: "We started well and scored three goals in the first half.

"It was comfortable, but we made one mistake and they were back in the game.

"We ground out the win in the second half and it's a good result for us with other teams losing.

"It's fantastic and we have to keep going. We need to keep believing in ourselves as it was a brilliant team performance."

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