Mason Looking to Build On Rotherham Goal Rout

  • September 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Joe Mason has revealed his desire to build on the hat-trick he scored over Rotherham United in Bolton's 3-2 win at Macron Stadium on Tuesday.

The striker - who is on a season-long loan from fellow Championship side Cardiff City - recorded a 24-minute hat-trick to turn the game on its head and give Bolton a 3-1 lead, after they had fallen a goal behind. Rotherham did claw one goal back but it was too late to change the result - which was a first home win for the Trotters this season and their first since April 12, when defeating Barnsley earlier in the year.

The goals took Mason's tally up to four for the season and he has since revealed he hopes to push on and impress the Bolton faithful, in what is his third loan spell a the club.

"It makes me proud to get a hat-trick for the club; it's the first hat-trick of my career so it is onwards and upwards," he said - as he became just the 62nd player to score three goals in one game whilst wearing Bolton colours. "Hopefully it's the first of many."

The win moved Bolton to 21st in the league going into the weekend's game at Wolves - you can find all the latest odds for the fixture at most major bookmakers, including some casino games and the option to try 36 variations of online blackjack - which is another must-win fixture if Bolton are to continue their ascension up the league. Mason is all too aware of the challenges that lie ahead and admitted that despite scoring a hat-trick, he should have done better in front of goal throughout the mid-week clash with Rotherham.

"The first things the lads said was 'you should have had five' especially with the one at the end." he said. "It wasn't a good finish at all. I will go to bed tonight thinking I should have had five but I have got to be happy with three.

"We knew before the game about the record we had last year not winning (for 10 games), and we didn't want to go that far again this season. But we showed a lot of character and dug in and hopefully we can build on that for the rest of the season.

"I was getting a bit anxious because I'd gone about four games without scoring so to get three is a relief but also gives me massive confidence."

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 International does, however, believe that the Trotters can now build on this win and make it back to back victories with a win over Wolves.

"I think Rotherham have beaten Wolves this season, so there is no reason why we can't do the same," he said. "All we needed was that first win. Like last year, we went on a run and I am sure we are going to do that again.

"We haven't had the results we should have had this season; maybe through our own fault. But we got this win and it is a massive confidence boost. It's also two games unbeaten so it's a platform to build on.

"There is loads of banter flying around in there now and that's exactly what it should be like. We are buzzing now," Mason added.

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