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Kaz: I'm the man for Rovers
COLIN Kazim-Richards has promised Blackburn Rovers fans he has got a lot more to come after admitting he was “nowhere near fit” in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich.
The Turkish international was Rovers’ brightest spark offensively as they struggled to a point at Portman Road, but he insists you ‘haven’t seen anything yet’.
The 25-year-old headed Rovers ahead on just 21 minutes on Saturday and was inches away from doubling the visitors’ lead after the break.
Jason Lowe’s late own goal prevented Rovers from opening their Championship campaign in victory but Kazim-Richards insists there is no need to panic.
He said: “I am happy to score but I am disappointed not to get three points “I am not fit yet, I am nowhere near fit. I missed the first three weeks of pre season, the core stuff, so these games are good for me.
“There is a lot from me to come and normally I would have buried my chances. I think we are gelling nice, there is a lot more to come from everybody because that is our first game.
“I want to play every minute of every game. If I deserve the shirt I want to play.
“We have earned a point and are not fully gelled. That says something about a team. To get a point in that heat and not be fully gelled says something about the team.
“We have top quality players, players who made the drop down when they didn’t need to. We are here to get up, that’s it.”
Rovers entertain Hull City on Wednesday, before Leicester City visit Ewood Park on Saturday, as they look to secure their first victory of the campaign.
“Obviously that is our first league game,” said Kazim-Richards. “We are disappointed not to get all three points. We created chances, I had a few and should have scored another.
“We are disappointed not to get three points but it is a point, in very hot conditions. It is a good point, well earned.
“Lowey is a top player and he will bounce back against Hull. We are like a family already. The guys are all together, banter together. And of course the manager is included in that.
“The manager brought me in, he brought most of the players in. Of course he is a part of that, it would be stupid for me, or anyone, to say he is not.”
Rovers are still waiting to hear back from Huddersfield Town over their third improved offer for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Meanwhile, midfielder Radosav Petrovic withdrew from the Blackburn squad over the weekend to hold talks with Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi about a permanent move.