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Player Watch: Chris Porter

30 July 2015

We take a look at the captain's performance against Ipswich.

 Last week, Colchester United manager Tony Humes revealed that Chris Porter will be club captain for the upcoming season.

With that in mind, we thought that we'd keep a close eye on the striker in action in Tuesday pre-season friendly at home to Ipswich Town and Kieran Baldwin has carried out our latest Player Watch.

Chris Porter operated as a lone striker as the U's lined up in a 4-5-1/4-3-3 system which suggests that this will be the system Humes will continue to use from the season opener against Blackpool onwards.

It was a game of few clear cut chances for Porter, but his leadership and work rate from the front was a glimpse of what to expect from the skipper this season.

Porter found himself up against an experienced centre half pairing for Ipswich in the form of Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith, but neither defender found it easy to deal with the big centre forward.

Throughout the first half, Porter found himself contesting lots of aerial battles and, to his credit, he won the majority and really put the Town defence under pressure. 

Porter showed good pace at times before the interval, as he twice managed to race clear of Town's back four, but was unable to put away either chance.

Ipswich took the lead just before half time but after the interval Porter had more support with Alex Gilbey and George Moncur pushing further on, which meant that the Porter's hold up play was more effective.

Despite not having any opportunities for himself second half he still proved a real threat aerially and worked tirelessly across the pitch as he chased balls into the channels. 

His stand out moment of the second half came just moments before the final whistle and it was his involvement in the winning goal for the U's.

Porter doing what he does best, controlling a long ball on his chest and he showed great awareness to turn and clip a great ball down the right channel for Dion Sembie-Ferris to chase and, two passes later, Gavin Massey headed home a Jack Curtis cross.  

Porter's performance in this match showed why he will be such an important player to the U's this season.

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