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10 January 2014

Chris Porter believes Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash at Notts County will be a 'total contrast' to the FA Cup clash at Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old is tipping Shaun Derry's Magpies to be doubly determined to bring the Blades back down to earth with a bang, but Porter says United are in no mood to let County close the gap between the two clubs.

The experienced striker, a regular starter under Nigel Clough, though, says the fixture at Meadow Lane will be very different from last week's surroundings at Villa Park.

Porter remarked: "Given all the rain we have had this week, I think the playing surface will be a lot more boggy than it was at Villa, it will be a total contrast to Aston Villa, but we are ready for the battle that awaits.

"Notts County are down there like ourselves but, of late, since the new manager came in, they have picked up some good results and recently beat Bradford City 3-0.

"They will think that we are still basking in the glory of our cup win and they will be sniffing for complacency, but the Gaffer and his staff won't allow that to happen. This group of players remain focused on the challenges ahead.

"Last week's win has to act as a confidence builder and it has this week, but come 3pm on Saturday afternoon we will be ready for the bread and butter of league action.

"We are still looking over our shoulders at the moment, but two or three more wins in quick succession will see us looking at mid-table rather than the bottom four."

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