Chris Porter, the Sheffield United centre-forward, has credited Chris Morgan with helping him rediscover his best form.
And Porter vowed to try and repay the manager’s faith by firing the Blades back into the Championship.
Having failed to command a regular place in United’s starting11 under Morgan’s predecessor Danny Wilson, Porter is poised to spearhead the visitors’ attack in this afternoon’s play off second-leg at Yeovil Town after impressing in the opening installment of their double-header with Gary Johnson’s side.
“I feel much more confident now because I know there’s someone here who is confident in me,” Porter said. “Sometimes, when you aren’t getting picked, it can feel like the whole world’s against you.
“I did feel at times that even if I did play well I still wouldn’t get picked.
“Ever since Chris has come in he’s been picking me. I feel much happier and I think I’m playing better because of that too.
“I’m giving it my all and will continue doing that.”
United travelled to Somerset last night enjoying a slender 1-0 advantage courtesy of Callum McFadzean’s first senior goal three days ago.
Morgan admitted afterwards that Porter “has really picked-up the gauntlet” since returning from a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town.
“We sat down with Chris and told him what we know he can do and what we wanted him to do,” Morgan said. “Chris is strong, athletic and has got goals in him.”
United will face either Brentford or Swindon Town if they reach the divisional showpiece at Wembley and Porter said: “Morgs has got massive respect here and we want to do it for ourselves and also for him.
“He is so passionate about the game and Sheffield United. And that really rubs off on the rest of us as players.”
United, who expect to be without midfielder Barry Robson (ribs) against Town, have won their previous two outings at Huish Park.
Insisting the visitors can “take nothing for granted,” Porter said: “We know they’re pretty strong at home and that there’s still a lot of work to do. We’ll stay switched on and try to finish the job off.”