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SEASON-DEFINING GAMES AHEAD

10 April 2015

Neal Bishop is delighted to be back for the final six games to help the Iron stay in League One.

The midfielder has been out for a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on a hernia problem, but is raring to go once again and hopes to help the Iron to safety.

Bishop told The Iron Player: “I'm very happy to be back. We were trying to manage it until the end of the season, but the Sheffield United game was probably my limit.

“There came a point out there where I couldn't turn or sprint and because it was my right side, even kicking a ball was problematic.

“The surgeon said possibly six weeks, but the lads have looked after me really well and it's less than four weeks.

“I've had a good week in training and I'm feeling good now the pain has gone and I'm desperate to get back out there.”

The return of Bishop will boost the Iron ahead of some crucial games that could help them secure League One football for next season.

The midfielder is positive about the coming matches and the run in, and called on his team to give it their all for one final push.

Bishop said: “The next week is massively important. No game is must win as we won't get relegated if we don't beat Crawley.

“We're not in the bottom four and I don't think we've been in since we first dragged ourselves out of it. We're not in a bad position as there are three or four teams between us and the relegation zone.

“We've looked good at home of late and have given some of the best teams a run for their money, so we can do it. The lads have got to step up and not hide.”

The midfielder has found it hard not being involved in recent weeks, but is happy to be back and believes that having key matches at home is a big advantage.

He said: “It's frustrating for me because it's hard to sit and watch if the lads have been struggling. If the lads are winning and pushing on, you can accept it a bit more.

“When you're struggling for point, you're sat there kicking every ball and it makes you even more determined to get back.

“The games at home are going to define our season and we've got a few coming up, which is what you want.”

Crawley will be tough opponents, following a recent upturn in form that has seen them climb out of the bottom four, but Bishop felt the Iron would be prepared.

He said: “They're a side we've played before so there are no surprises. We should have seen the game out at their place, but let a two goal lead slip.

“Their manager has changed a few things around, but we know we're always well prepared. We've shown it against lots of teams in this league, if we're at it then let them worry about us.”

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