Sheffield United: Braced for Bristol hostility

Up for the cup: Chris Porter, left, is looking forward to the trip to Rovers.            Picture: Steve Parkin.

Up for the cup: Chris Porter, left, is looking forward to the trip to Rovers. Picture: Steve Parkin.

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SHEFFIELD United’s Chris Porter does not fear a dirty tricks campaign when the South Yorkshire club begin its latest assault on the FA Cup at Bristol Rovers today.

Danny Wilson, the United manager, has warned his players they must be prepared to “roll-up their sleeves and fight” during this afternoon’s first round tie against Mark McGhee’s side.

But Porter, a member of the Oldham Athletic team which faced Midland Alliance outfit Chasetown in 2005, told The Star: “I’ve got some great memories of the cup and I know what it can throw at you. Rovers will be tough but we’ve got the experience to cope with that type of environment.

“I remember playing against Chasetown and the only thing separating the fans from the pitch were ropes. They were hurling abuse at us.

“The dressing room was tiny and it was absolutely freezing. Strangely, there was no hot water in there at all.”

Porter, recalled to the starting eleven when Dave Kitson succumbed to a hamstring injury before Monday’s League One victory over Portsmouth, added: “We were held to a draw at Chasetown but then took them back to our place and won 4-0. I got two of the goals so I’ve got fond memories of that.”

With Rovers languishing 20th in League Two, Wilson nevertheless used his pre-match media briefing to outline the potential perils second placed United will face at the Memorial Stadium.

Porter, echoing those sentiments, insisted: “I know how hard teams play to try and get one over on opponents who are higher up than them in the cup. I know how hard you’ve got to play in return.”

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