Sheffied United: Porter on mission for Blades

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Chris Porter wants to repay manager Nigel Clough’s faith by scoring the goals which fire Sheffield United up the League One table.

The former Derby County centre-forward, who worked with Clough at Pride Park, issued the pledge after claiming the winner during Saturday’s FA Cup first round victory over Colchester.

“I’ve not been involved much lately but Nigel has given me a chance and I want to thank him for that,” Porter told The Star. “Now I’ve got to try and kick on.

“It would have been easy for him (Clough) to have just eased me back in slowly but he’s given me an opportunity and it’s one I want to try and take.

“I’ve played for him before and I know what he’s all about. He brings a lot to the table but basically he’s just a very, very good manager.

“I’m not expecting any favours though. What I’ve got to do is make sure whenever I’m in the team, that I perform.”

“Nigel showed faith in me by taking me to Derby,” Porter added. “I was unfortunate there with injuries and he probably got a bit sick of me not being able to get involved or just having to sit on the bench.

“I’m over all of those now though. So what I’ve got to focus on is working hard and scoring goals because, ultimately, that’s what everyone in my position is judged on.”

United, who will travel to either Bury or Conference Premier leaders Cambridge United in the second round, return to league action at home to Bramall Lane next weekend. The Blades are 23rd but a win could lift them out of the relegation zone.