Sheffield United: Wilson issues Porter challenge

Super-sub: Chris Porter, centre, is congratulated after his United leveller.  Picture: martyn harrison

Super-sub: Chris Porter, centre, is congratulated after his United leveller. Picture: martyn harrison

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CHRIS Porter has been challenged to cement a place in Sheffield United’s starting eleven ahead of tomorrow’s crucial League One encounter against Crawley Town.

Porter, the former Derby County and Motherwell striker, delivered his finest performance of the season so far after stepping-off the bench at Walsall on Saturday to score the visitors’ equalising goal.

Despite signing a new contract last summer, Porter has been a peripheral figure for much of the campaign and was recently allowed to join Shrewsbury Town on loan after falling behind the likes of Dave Kitson and Jonathan Forte in the pecking order.

Asked whether his recent claim that “desire” rather than “talent” would decide whether Porter enjoys a more prominent role should be interpreted as a “kick-up the backside,” United manager Danny Wilson told The Star: “That’s exactly what it was. A kick-up the a**e. Make no mistake about it.

“Ports was excellent when he came on and now he’s got to go out there in the next game and do it all over again. That’s his challenge now.

“He’s got so much talent but sometimes talent isn’t enough. You can’t just have talent. But he really deserved his goal and he can do it. Of that I’ve got no doubt.”

With Wilson revealing Kitson, who was substituted at half-time suffering from a migraine, travelled to the Banks’s Stadium suffering from “manageable” hamstring and back complaints, Porter’s re-emergence could have come at a crucial time.

United are fifth in the table - six points behind second placed Bournemouth - having played three games less than Eddie Howe’s side.