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Nick Kops it for a second time

13 August 2012

Nick Blackman is targeting more goals in front of the Kop, after opening his Blades account against Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup.

The striker, who only joined United on Friday morning, replaced Chris Porter at half-time against the Brewers and minutes later he equalised, with a helping hand from Albion goalkeeper Ross Atkins.

That was Blackman's second goal at the Kop end of Bramall Lane, having scored for Blackpool during a loan spell and he insists the dubious goals panel don't need to take a second look at the bizarre circumstances surrounding the leveller:

"Shaun Miller crossed the ball from the left and I just wanted to get something on it at full stretch. By the time I had turned around the ball was in the back of the net.

"The lads were giving me plenty of banter saying it was an own goal off the goalkeeper but I am a striker and that one is certainly mine.

"I wanted to get off the mark as quickly as possible so I am delighted to have done that within minutes of making my debut but bitterly disappointed with the result.

"My other goal was in front of the Kop too, which also looped over the goalkeeper, so hopefully I will get plenty more at that end."

The 22-year-old marksman, who has enjoyed productive loan spells north of the border in recent seasons, is determined to prove his worth in South Yorkshire, after arriving on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee:

"I felt strong and my match fitness will come with games having not played for a few weeks.

"I have done a full pre-season at Blackburn Rovers but wasn't risked in a couple of recent friendlies because this move was getting closer to being completed.

"I think the fans will see a lot from me from what they saw against Burton. I can do more with the ball when I get the opportunity but hopefully my name will continue to be on the scoresheet."

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