Blades hero hails 'vital' goal

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Colin Kazim-Richards has described his debut strike for Sheffield United as a 'vital point' in his short career after he helped The Blades claw back to a 2-2 draw against Bolton at the weekend.

The summer signing from Brighton showed great imagination to curl a surprise 25-yard shot past Trotters keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen on 73 minutes at Bramall Lane, handing Neil Warnock's men a useful point in the process.

It was Kazim-Richards' first Premiership goal after leaving Brighton following their relegation to League One last season, and the 20-year-old is sure that the memorable strike is a milestone moment in his development.

"It's unbelievable and it's is a vital point in my career," said Kazim-Richards in The Sun.

"I know I was a last-minute buy but I'd like to think he [Warnock] hasn't looked back since he bought me.

"I was depressed at Brighton because I thought I was going to stay.

"With my ability I thought I was better than Brighton. Then the call came and I signed straight away."

Speaking about his impressive goal at the weekend, Kazim-Richards was pleased he followed his instincts to take on the unlikely shot.

"Unbelievable! That's the only word I can use to describe my goal," explained the Blades striker. "I can't believe it myself.

"But my first thought was to hit it. I said to myself 'If I don't hit it then I'm going to regret it', and they either go over or they go in the net.

"It's ended up being the goal of my career."