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A United Front

16 March 2015

Porter's rallying call before Yeovil game.

U’s striker Chris Porter says that a united front between fans and players will be crucial as they approach the final 10 league games of the season.

Speaking after United’s 3-2 defeat to relegation rivals Crawley Town, the big striker conceded that he felt hard done by in a closely contested match.

He said: "I think we were the better team to be honest. Looking at the goals, they seemed quite soft and with the penalty decision towards the end, I feel like we've been robbed of the points."

The decision to award Crawley with a penalty wasn't the only decision that the referee had to make, and Porter himself was involved in different coming together at the other end of the field.

He added: "I don’t think they should have been awarded a penalty, it looked like their striker was already on the way down and left his legs there to ensure that there was contact. I spoke to Sam [Walker] afterwards and he said the same thing.  

"If anything, I think the foul on myself was more of a penalty. I got my head to it first and as soon as I got past the defender, he smashed me and made me go down. I think that was a bad decision."

With another crucial match on Tuesday night at home to Yeovil Town, the striker with four goals to his name this season, urged fans to get behind the team to really make a difference to their mentality.

"We’re physically prepared for the game, but it is more of a mental thing now as the defeat to Crawley was obviously a massive blow. We all know that it is a must win on Tuesday, the lads will stick together and there are still 30 points to play for.

"Looking at the table now, it’s not the best position to be in, but we’re going to rise to the challenge and if we can get a win against Yeovil it could really spark us into life.

"I think five wins and a draw is possibly enough to stay up, six wins should definitely see us safe. It’s definitely possible but we need everyone to get behind us and need our fans more than ever. Hopefully they can be the difference."

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