CHRIS Porter’s new found ruthless streak is responsible for the Sheffield United striker’s resurgent form, manager Danny Wilson has claimed.
Porter underlined his growing importance to the visitors’ cause with a whole-hearted performance during Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie at Bristol Rovers.
Wilson, who revealed “frank words were exchanged” during the half-time interval of a match United eventually won 2-1, told The Star: “I think Chris is coming to terms with this division now.
“He knows you’ve got to go out there and take hits for yourself and the team.
“Ports has definitely been doing that lately. He’s been putting his body on the line and showing what a quality player he is.”
Porter scored his first of the season after Nick Blackman had equalised for United following David Clarkson’s opener for Rovers. The Blades, who were yesterday paired with Port Vale at Bramall Lane in the next round, look to maintain their unbeaten start to the League One campaign when they return to action at Swindon Town tomorrow.
Wilson, who confirmed Dave Kitson is unlikely to feature because of injury, added: “I was delighted to see Ports score and not only because he deserved it. He will now go into our next game absolutely buzzing and full of confidence.”
United, who discovered en route to the Memorial Stadium that details of Stephen Quinn’s transfer to Hull City had been leaked, banked £18,000 in prize money for their cup triumph.
Sources at the KC Stadium have confirmed they will pay United £2,000 per game - up to a maximum of £100,000 - for the Irish midfielder’s services.
However, as The Star reported in August, that figure doesn’t take into account add on clauses, including a percentage of any future fee, which were inserted into the deal. United are also understood to be entitled to a bonus should Quinn help City win promotion.