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A LONG TIME COMING

2 September 2014

Stand-in captain Neal Bishop spoke of his relief to finally see the Iron record their first league win of the season.

United defeated Walsall 2-1 at Glanford Park on Saturday, emerging victorious through superb strikes from Hakeeb Adelakun and Gary McSheffrey.

Coming on the back of a hard-earned point at Yeovil and an impressive Capital One Cup second round performance against Reading, Bishop hopes this will prove a turning point for United.

"It's a monkey of our back. It's been a long time coming," he told The Iron Player.

"It's been a testing opening month for us but it was good to get the win, and it was thoroughly deserved on Saturday.

"I think we've improved gradually game by game. We weren't 'at it' for whatever reason for the first two or three games.

"We put in a good performance against Reading last Tuesday night though and that set us up for Saturday's win over Walsall.

"There are a couple of things we can still improve on.

"At 2-0 up, I thought we were cruising. A sloppy goal that let them back into it which I didn't think they deserved.

"It made for a nervy last 20 minutes, but I think we thoroughly deserved the three points on Saturday.

"It was well-needed because after Tuesday night's game against Chesterfield, we've got a very tough match at Bristol City."

He added: "Goals make a massive difference to people's confidence. We'd scored two goals before Saturday so to score the two we did was great.

"Hakeeb Adelakun made a great run and then finished it, while Gary McSheffrey's free-kick was a great hit.

"Goals like that deserve to win any game. We made it a bit more complicated than it had to be, but it was great to get that win.

"We showed great mental resolve, and we have already shown that at times this season - particularly at Blackburn where they put us under siege for the last half hour.

"It was a shame not to get a clean sheet on Saturday, because I think the lads at the back deserve one.

"However, aside from a few things in the first half, we defended really well.

"We stood up well to the pressure and hopefully our season starts from there."

United will be looking to continue the run with a Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round win over Chesterfield on Tuesday night at Glanford Park.

"In five or six games' time you could be at Wembley (for the final), so whatever team we put out on Tuesday night we will be competitive," he stated.

"We want to win every game we play in.

"If we win on Tuesday night, after the last three games, you all of a sudden find yourselves on a little roll.

"We would take some momentum to Bristol City on Saturday too."

This weekend's trip to Ashton Gate, to take on one of the promotion favourites, will prove another strong test for the Iron.

"I tend not to look at the league table this early in the season. It's always nice for supporters to see yourselves pushing on in the top half than looking down at the bottom though," continued Bishop, who feels he is acclimatising to the division again.

"I thought Saturday was my best league game. I felt I played well against Blackburn and Reading, who are funnilly enough two Championship clubs.

"It's a bit different to League One, but I've got to get used to that again now. I've got back into i gradually.

"There is room for improvement all around. We're constantly looking to push ourselves.

"It will take a big performance to get something from Bristol City on Saturday because the squad they have now is strong.

"I saw them play Notts County on Sunday. They have very good options on the substitutes' bench and will probably be one of the favourites for promotion this season.

"We have to be on our mettle but it's nothing to be scared of, and a good challenge to have."

See much more from Neal Bishop and Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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