Sheffield United: Blades can defy the odds

Date:13th April 2013.'Sheffield United v Swindon Town. Pictured Sheffield United's Chris Porter, (Centre), celebrates scoring the opening goal of the match with team mates, Tony McMahon, left, and Dave Kitson, right.

Date:13th April 2013.'Sheffield United v Swindon Town. Pictured Sheffield United's Chris Porter, (Centre), celebrates scoring the opening goal of the match with team mates, Tony McMahon, left, and Dave Kitson, right.

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The odds are no longer in their favour but Chris Porter is convinced automatic promotion remains within Sheffield United’s grasp, writes James Shield.

And, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s visit to Portsmouth, he vowed to try and repay Chris Morgan’s faith in his services by supplying the goals required to secure a top two finish.

United travelled to Fratton Park last night fourth in the League One table - five points behind second placed AFC Bournemouth - following Tuesday’s draw with Brentford who are third.

Porter said: “Going straight up is still a definite possibility. In this division you can never rule anything out and we’re still in a great position.

“We’re all positive about the run in and one of the reasons for that is because we want it so much. But another is the fact that there’s a definite chance the teams above us are going to drop points.

“Bournemouth have been on a tremendous run but they’re due a bit of a wobble. Brentford play the leaders Doncaster Rovers on the final day and so someone, possibly both, are definitely going to drop points there.

“What we’ve got to do is win all our remaining games and make sure we’re in a position to take advantage should that happen. There’s no reason why it won’t.”

United, who marked Morgan’s appointment as manager by beating Swindon Town seven days ago, will be without defender Harry Maguire at Portsmouth following his sending-off against Uwe Rosler’s side.

Brentford, who face Hartlepool this evening, saw captain Tony Craig and Clayton Donaldson dismissed during the midweek contest at Bramall Lane and Porter said: “They’re going to be without some important players. We put so much into the Swindon game that I think it definitely had an effect during the early stages of the match with Brentford.

“They put so much into that match against us , there’s a definite possibility it will have the same effect on them.”

Having spent much of the season on the periphery of United’s squad, Porter has started both of their matches under Morgan’s tutelage.

The former Derby County centre-forward, who was on target during the recent victory over Swindon, added: “I suppose I did feel a bit under-valued. There were times when I felt I should have played and didn’t.

“But Morgs has given me this chance and it’s one I aim to take.”

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