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'Porter's Professionalism Will Be Vital For Us'

27 September 2021

Chris Porter made it 49 goals for the Alex with his timely penalty equaliser on Saturday.

Chris Porter’s ice cool penalty in injury-time at Rotherham was his 49th goal for the club and David Artell says that he has complete faith in the veteran forward when it comes to keeping his composure from 12 yards.

Porter continues to vary his penalties and he rarely misses them and Artell says that the 37-year-old continues to be the ideal professional inside the Alex dressing room.

Artell said of the Wigan-born forward: “Ports has been terrific for us and we hope he goes on to get another 50 goals. He is a great professional and what he says really resonates with the younger players. It sometimes has a great effect when it is peer-to-peer.

“He has been in the game for 20 years and has played at every level virtually, so what he hasn’t seen on a football pitch isn’t worth knowing.

“He is a bright guy and a bright footballer and I’m sure he is always there for advice with the younger ones, well I know he is.

“The challenge for him is to get into double figures for us and if he keeps training well like he does and getting chances, then he is going to be vital for us again. He is the first one in in the morning and I cannot speak highly enough of him as a professional.

“I spoke to Andy Warrington (goalkeeping coach at Rotherham) afterwards and he showed me the map of his pens over the last two or so seasons and the penalties were all over the goal. He told me that he just told the goalkeeper to pick a side because there was no real pattern to his penalties.

He added: “He always varies them and long may his run continue.”

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