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Blackburn Rovers boss hails Kazim-Richards as 'natural goalscorer'
STEVE Kean has hailed Colin Kazim-Richards as ‘a natural goalscorer’ after the Turkish international netted Blackburn Rovers ’ late winner against Hull City last night.
Rovers were not at their best for much of the Championship fixture, which was played in front of only 13,562 fans – the club’s lowest attendance for a home league game for almost 20 years.
But Kazim-Richards, signed on loan from Galatasaray this summer, scored with only 13 minutes remaining to give Kean’s side a 1-0 victory.
The result, in front of the watching Rao brothers, moved them up to fourth in the Championship table.
Kazim-Richards also scored Rovers’ goal in their 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town on the opening day of the season on Saturday but is now a major doubt for the weekend home match against Leicester after limping off with a strained knee late on. Kean, though, was full of praise for the forward.
“Colin didn’t think he was a natural goalscorer when he came to the club,” the Scot said. “I would disagree. He has the power and the strength and the anticipation skills to score a lot of goals in this league.
“Taking friendlies into account he has now scored four goals in three games and I think you’re looking at a fans favourite.
But Kean was not entirely satifised with the performance, admitting: “I thought we were a bit predictable tonight.”