CHRIS Porter believes a down to earth approach explains Sheffield United’s success this season.
Many observers predicted Danny Wilson’s side would struggle to cope with the rigours of League One football after being relegated last term.
Instead, United have started their first campaign in the third tier since the Eighties in impressive fashion, posting three wins and a draw from their opening four games.
“We all respect the division,” Porter said. “Nobody takes anything for granted or anyone lightly and that’s important because this is a tough competition with some really good teams in it.
“Our attitude is good and we all want to work hard.
“That’s going to have to continue because, although we’ve got off to a good start, there’s a long, long way to go yet and we haven’t achieved anything.
“First and foremost, you’ve got to be prepared to put the effort in and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
United were beaten for the first time since Wilson’s appointment in May when they travelled to Everton in the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening.
Porter, who enjoyed a 34 minute cameo during the second round tie, should discover tonight whether he did enough to enjoy a more prominent role at Yeovil Town tomorrow.
The former Motherwell and Derby County striker boasts a wealth of experience at this level having enjoyed a prolific spell at Oldham Athletic earlier in his career.
Wilson named Porter, one of four summer signings, in United’s starting eleven on the opening day of the new campaign at Boundary Park but a dead leg has hampered his progress at Bramall Lane.
“I picked it up pretty early during the Oldham game but managed to battle through even though it was causing me a bit of discomfort,” Porter explained.
“It’s been really frustrating because all I want to do is play football and you never want to miss games especially when you’ve only just come to a new club.
“So I’m looking to get back on track now and show what I can do.”
With Ryan Flynn and Kevin McDonald – who is set to be out for a fortnight after damaging ankle ligaments – notable exceptions, Wilson has emphasised the importance of acquiring players well-versed in the dark arts of League One during his scouting missions and recruitment drives.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who was also named on the bench at Goodison Park, helped Peterborough win promotion to the Championship three months ago.
Crucially, many of those Wilson inherited from his predecessor Micky Adams have also enjoyed success at this level before.
Michael Doyle and Neill Collins were both members of the Leeds team which finished second in 2010 while Lee Williamson represented Mansfield, Northampton Town and Rotherham before rising to prominence with Watford.
However, Porter insisted it would be a mistake to overlook another important factor before boarding the coach to Somerset.
“The fans here have been something else,” he said. “They’ve turned out in their numbers at every game so far and having that backing really does help.”