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SHEFFIELD United possess the weaponry to bludgeon their promotion rivals into submission, Chris Porter has insisted.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s League One fixture at Colchester, the former Motherwell and Derby County centre-forward described Ched Evans as being “absolutely on fire” after watching the Wales international score his 25th goal of the season during Saturday’s victory over Brentford.

Danny Wilson’s second-placed side will move four points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in third if they triumph at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Porter, who admitted to being “frustrated” at failing to hold down a regular starting role, revealed his determination to jump ahead of Richard Cresswell, James Beattie and Will Hoskins to become Evans’ regular partner.

“We’ve got some great players here, especially in the forward areas,” Porter said. “If they were elsewhere, they would probably have been involved in most matches.

“I think I’ve got a good understanding with Ched. We’re different players and hopefully complement each other.”

“We won’t get complacent,” Porter added. “Colchester will be tough and the race will go right down to the wire.”

Porter was praised by Wilson for his performance after returning to United’s first-choice 11 at Griffin Park.

Evans scored both of the visitors’ goals and Porter said: “Ched is right up there with anyone else I’ve played with. He’s got a ridiculously hard shot and he deserves to be in there week in and week out.”