Chris Porter is hoping to end 2012 with a goals flurry to see Sheffield United see out the year on top of League One.
The 29-year-old striker has started in every one of the Blades’ last 10 matches, but has scored just twice – against Bristol Rovers and Stevenage.
Coming in for the injured Dave Kitson, the former Derby County target man has struck up a partnership with the diminutive Shaun Miller.
While Miller, with seven goals, and Nick Blackman – Blades’ leading scorer with 11 – have grabbed the headlines, Porter is eager to chip in.
“I would be a bit happier if I scored more goals,” admitted Porter. “But I am putting 100 per cent into every game, assisting in some goals because I am not getting them, but, hopefully, that can turn in the next few games and I can get a few goals.
“It’s frustrating. My job is to score and I have not scored as many as I would have liked to. I am just giving it my all in every game, but strikers go through rough patches and then good patches, so, hopefully, a good patch is coming for me. I am working things in training, just keeping my head down and giving 100 per cent. Luck changes and, hopefully, there will be a good run for me.”
The Blades travel to big-spending Crawley Town with Danny Wilson’s side sat just one point shy of the Rovers pair of Doncaster and Tranmere.
United travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on New Year’s Day, following Bramall Lane games against Scunthorpe and Hartlepool, and Porter hopes they can use the festive fixtures as a springboard to pull away from their rivals.
“There’s some tough games, but some which you might think are easier than others,” he said. “A few home games as well, so, hopefully, we can pick up a lot of points. There’s no points targets, just get as many points on the board as we can.
“I think the league is waiting for a team to run a string of wins together and make a little gap between them and the rest of the teams. Hopefully, we might be the team to do that.
“There’s a lot of evenly-matched teams, teams getting results when you don’t think they will, a lot of draws, and no-one is pulling away at the minute.”