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Mixed feelings

20 August 2012

New-boy delighted to get off the mark but disappointed not to finish on the winning side.

Colin Kazim-Richards may have marked his debut with his first goal for the club but he was a little disappointed not to have earned Rovers all three points.

The Turkish international took just 21 minutes to make his mark on his return to English football, heading home from close-range after Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner had been nodded on by Scott Dann.

The on-loan striker had chances to score further goals, particularly one attempt in the second half that was inches off target as his angled chip beat Ipswich 'keeper Scott Loach but landed on the roof of the net, and for that he was a little down.

"I'm a little bit disappointed that we didn't get all three points as we had a few chances," admitted the striker after the game.

"I had a few chances and I should have scored another one so I'm a bit sad not to get the three points.

"But it is a point well-earned, it was hot out there and playing away at Ipswich on the opening day is never going to be easy, they have a young squad who chase the ball a lot.

"I'm used to those conditions as I'd been playing five years in mediterranean heat but even so it was hot out there."

Kazim-Richards revealed that his goal was a product of the training ground, a simple routine in which Dann met Pedersen's corner to head into the path of his team-mate and Kazim really couldn't miss.

"We work on positioning like that, and to be fair to Scott he came up to me and told me that was what he was going to do if he got the chance.

"I just had to get in the right area and try to get on the end of his header."

The 25-year-old striker believes there is more to come from himself, admitting that he is far from being fully match fit after missing the early part of pre-season.

"I'm not even fit yet to be fair, I'm nowhere near fit. I missed the first three weeks of pre-season, the core of pre-season, so these first three games are good for me. 

"I think we are gelling nicely, there is a lot more to come from everybody but we have earned a point so that says a lot about the team.

"We've got top quality players, players who have made the jump down when they didn't need to, we are here to get up, end of discussion.

"It's the first game, it is a well-earned point, we now look forward to Wednesday."

Can Kazim-Richards get on the scoresheet at Ewood Park on Wednesday night? Tickets for the match against Hull City will be on open sale up until the 7.45pm kick-off and are priced from £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors/Students and £5 for Juniors 15 and under.

Book online today at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect from the Blackburn End collection point on the day of the game.

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