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FIRST GOAL WILL BE IMPORTANT

12 September 2014

Neal Bishop believes the Iron should be looking for three points when they make the short trip to Chesterfield on Saturday.

Speaking to The Iron Player ahead of the trip to the Proact Stadium, the midfielder said that the team are keen to get back to winning ways after the 2-0 defeat at Bristol City last weekend.

"Obviously the game on Saturday was disappointing but I thought there were plenty of positives," he said.

"Bristol had a lot of possession first half but we had the better chances and apart from the first five or ten minutes when they came out of the traps, I thought we controlled the game pretty well there.

"If we’d have got that first goal, it might have made all the difference but obviously a local derby of sorts would be a good way to get back to winning ways on Saturday."

It is only just over a week since the Iron played the Spireites in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, where goals from Gary McSheffrey and Paddy Madden saw United progress to the next round and the 29 year old thinks that the side were able to learn a lot about Chesterfield as a result of that victory.

"They try and play football the right way; they get the ball down and pass it quickly," he said.

"Obviously they’ll be a few changes from the team that played us in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but it’s always good psychologically to have beaten them a week or so ago.

"We’ve seen what they’re about, the lads obviously played them a couple of times last season as well so it’s a team we know pretty well.

"They’ll be no surprises for us but we’re under no illusions that it’s gonna be a tough game."

The ex-Blackpool and Notts County man thinks that the key to victory in that game was the fact that the Iron started on the front foot and is hoping for something similar at the weekend.

He continued: "I think the main thing at this level is getting the first goal and while I don’t know what the statistics are, you know the majority of the time that if you get that first goal, you win the game.

"We started really brightly, McSheffs (Gary McSheffrey) nearly scored after about 20 seconds, I think and the keeper made a great save so like I say, I think we’ve got to start at that tempo and that intensity.

"It’ll obviously be different away from home, the impetus will be on them to attack us but you know, if we start the game as well as we did for the first hour against Bristol City, we’ll hopefully be in for a good afternoon."

Asked whether he thinks it is an advantage or a disadvantage to play a team twice in such a short space of time, he said that while Chesterfield will have something to prove as a result, it’ll ultimately be an advantage for the side.

He said: "I think it’s an advantage, they’ll obviously see it as a chance to right a wrong so to speak, although on the night, I thought we were the better team but for us psychologically, knowing that we beat them and knowing how well we played that night, we’ve just gotta try and replicate what we did the other Tuesday."

The Iron have won their last two home games in all competitions but are still waiting for their first league victory away from Glanford Park and Bishop is hoping that this will change on Saturday afternoon.

He said: "If you can win your home games and pick up some decent results away from home, that’s the basis for any team to have a good season.

"We seem to have turned a corner with our home form and I think it’s important to start picking up results away from home.

"With all due respect to Chesterfield, they’re not a team we’re gonna go to and fear.

"You know, we respect them, they’re a decent team but I think we go there looking to take all three points."

It is the first time the Iron have had a full week off to prepare for the game since the season started and that is something that he believes

"I’ve never known a schedule like it at the start of a season; I think this is the first Tuesday where we haven’t had a mid-week game since the start of the season," he said.

"Obviously we’ve been decimated with injuries as well so the lads have had some good recovery time and we’ve had plenty of good work on the training ground so there are no excuses for Saturday; we’re fully prepared and ready to go."

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