FA Cup: Chris Porter desperate for Sheffield United to reach final
Chris Porter hopes memories of the pain of Wembley heartache can help Sheffield United's FA Cup quest
Last Updated: 13/04/14 3:20pm
The 30-year-old's last trip to Wembley ended in heartbreak when United lost 8-7 on penalties to Huddersfield in the League One play-off final in 2012.
And Porter admitted the manner of that defeat was one of the lowest points in his football career.
"It was a nightmare," he said. "I think that's probably the worst way to lose one. Especially after they missed their first three penalties, I thought we were on our way.
"I was taking the fifth penalty and thought I was going to have the chance to score the winning penalty, but it wasn't to be.
"The dressing room after was as bad as anything I've ever seen. We were devastated."
The former Derby County man, who has scored four goals in Sheffield United's run to the semi-finals, hopes the pain of that defeat can spur the Yorkshire side onto victory over Hull this weekend.
"A lot of the lads who played in that are still here," he said.
"There are probably five or six players and the experience from that can only benefit us."
United could become the first club from outside the top two divisions to reach the FA Cup final in more than a century, but Porter insists his team-mates will relish the underdogs tag when they face Hull.
"I think there's less pressure on us," he added. "They're the Premier League team so will be massive favourites.
"We've been the underdogs in most of the rounds now and that's suited us and we'll be big underdogs again."