JOE CAN KEEP UP WITH THE JONES!
Mason’s goal is proof he Ken do it
RUSSELL Slade expects Kenwyne Jones’ Cardiff exit to be concluded swiftly but Joe Mason proved there will be life after the giant target man for the Bluebirds.
Mason, making his first start in six weeks as Jones held talks with a club in Dubai over a move away from Cardiff City Stadium, fired home the winner just before the hour mark to give the hosts a first win in four and move them to within four points of the Championship play-off places.
Jones has been a reliable source of goals for Cardiff since moving from Stoke two years ago, but Mason’s effort took the 24year-old above the Trinidad and Tobago international as the Welsh club’s top scorer so far this season.
And Slade was delighted to see Mason get on the scoresheet and put his hand up for a regular starting spot once Jones’ move is finalised.
“Kenwyne is in dialogue with a club abroad and that is likely to be concluded shortly,” said the Cardiff manager.
“He was on a huge wage here so it is a financial decision and hopefully it may allow us some room to do some January business.
“I hope it will be a busy few weeks. It will be tight financially but I hope we will be able to bring somebody in.
“When Kenwyne is on the team sheet he is a real threat particularly in the air, and we didn't have that threat in this game
“But I am delighted with Joe. He has been a bit frustrated and his chance has come a little bit quicker than he thought. It will give him a huge boost and will take the weight of his shoulders.”
Mason’s goal was the highlight of a drab encounter played out on a heavy playing surface that did little to aid either side.
What few chances there were, Cardiff had the better of.
Anthony Pilkington forced a sharp save from Jason Steele with a wicked curling effort after 20 minutes, while Shane Duffy had to be alert to prevent Mason finishing at the near post.
However, Blackburn felt they should have had a penalty when Hope Akpan went down after a tug on his shirt from Bruno Manga, but instead the midfielder was booked for diving.
“I thought it was a stonewall penalty,” said Lambert. “I cannot understand how the referee has missed it. I am sick and tired of wasting my voice complaining about officials so I will not do it now and get into trouble for it. I need as much money as I can.”
Mason fired home the winner after the break, reacting quickest to Duffy’s block of a Craig Noone shot, while Tony Watt wasted a great chance to double Cardiff’s lead late on.
Lambert admitted his side’s run of defeats – they have lost three in a row now and not scored in four league encoutners – is causing him concern, particularly as they have created so little.
The Scot knows unless they can arrest their slide Rovers may find themselves getting closer than they would like to the bottom end of the table.
“You are always concerned with a run of results like this, our form is not good, we have lost the last three,” said Lambert - whose side now sit 17th in the table.
“I have seen every player now and everyone has had a chance to show what they can do and if you do not perform when you have those chances you will not play.
“That is football and with the window open it is clear we need to bring a few in.
“You cannot afford to lose too many games in this division and we have to stop that. That is what we will try and do and get back on track.”
REACTIONS: Joe Mason slots home the game’s only goal on the rebound