Strike ace urges teammates to step up a gear

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CHRIS Porter has warned Sheffield United must raise their game against Wycombe Wanderers or risk being humbled at Adams Park.

The striker netted his third goal of the season when Danny Wilson’s side beat Colchester last weekend to stay second in the League One table.

But despite making a strong start to the new season, Porter remains adamant that only by improving upon those high-standards can United avoid the embarrassment of losing to opponents without a win in the competition since beating fellow strugglers Leyton Orient over a month ago.

“We know that teams raise their games against us,” he said. “So we have to counter that by raising our own.

“If we let things slip then it’s going to prove costly.

“We’ve done well so far because we’ve gone into matches with exactly that attitude.

“And we need to keep that up.”

Having represented Bury and Oldham Athletic before joining Motherwell in 2007, Porter has first-hand experience of how less glamorous teams approach their meetings against supposedly bigger names.

The summer signing is expected to retain his place alongside Ched Evans in attack this afternoon after both netted against the visitors from Essex.

However, Porter acknowledged that Richard Cresswell is ready to pounce should either he or the Wales international fail to impress.

“Cressy has been brilliant for us,” he said. “I’m sure he was disappointed not to start (against Colchester) but it’s a good thing that we’ve got lots of competition up front.”

Former United defender Rob Kozluk has joined League Two outfit Port Vale until January after rejecting a deal at Bramall Lane.