Sheffield United: Fans criticism won’t affect Porter’s place

Chris Porter, left, and Shaun Miller have struck up a good partnership. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
Chris Porter, left, and Shaun Miller have struck up a good partnership. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
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Chris Porter has received his fair share of criticism from Blades fans both before and since his return from loan spells at Shrewsbury and Chesterfield.

The 29-year-old has scored two goals in the club’s last two matches but was singled out by angry Unitedites during local radio phone-ins and on social media.

However, manager Nigel Clough has stated his support for the front pairing of Porter and Shaun Miller in a classic big-man-little-man combination. And Clough made it clear that the Wigan-born striker won’t receive any favours despite buying him from Motherwell and selling him to United when in charge at Derby County.

He said: “We know Chris and we know his attributes. He is a striker who will be judged on a lot of things but he’s got two goals in two matches. He’ll be pushing Harry (Maguire) for leading-scorer soon.”

United’s main problems seem to be at the other end of the field, or in a consistent supply or quality passes to Porter and Miller.

In the 2-1 defeat against Gillingham the Blades were the better team for the first 35 minutes before allowing to the Gills to dictate the pace of the match - exacerbated even more when the visitors scored their second.

Clough said of Porter and Miller: “I thought they played well, especially first half. I thought the service into them for the first half an hour or so was very good.”