NEILL Collins, the Sheffield United centre-half, revealed he fulfilled a promise to his team mates by scoring the winning goal at Huddersfield Town in midweek.
Collins, whose partnership with Harry Maguire helped keep one of League One’s most potent strike-forces at bay throughout Tuesday’s absorbing encounter at Galpharm Stadium, admitted earlier this month to being “frustrated” by his failure to hit the target since arriving from Leeds over a year ago.
But he broke that duck in spectacular fashion by heading home from close range during the opening skirmishes of a frenetic Yorkshire derby.
“The goal was a long time coming but I did say to the boys that my first would be a big one when it came,” Collins said.
“I usually get a few more. I got about four in one season when I was at Wolves and although my priority is stopping people from scoring against us, I think it’s important to try and chip in at the other end of the pitch too.”
Collins opened his account in United colours when Maguire connected with Ryan Flynn’s corner at the Galpharm Stadium.
“That goal came straight off the training ground,” Collins said. “So credit to the manager for that because it’s something we’d worked on all the way through the build-up.
“It’s always pleasing when something like that comes off.”
United climbed to second in the table when they beat the Terriers despite having played two games less than third-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Insisting “there is still a long, long way to go yet,” Collins added: “There are lots of games to go and I have in my mind a target of averaging two points a game. We are at that target right now.
“We’ve got a good momentum and it we can keep that going then we should finish in a good position. Huddersfield bombarded us with long balls and throw-ins but, in general play, I felt we were excellent.
“They’ll believe they could have scored from a couple of set-pieces but I think we could also have scored another three or four.”