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15 December 2015

Iron midfielder Neal Bishop says they will not underestimate FA Cup opponents Leyton Orient in Tuesday’s replay.

A tie at Chelsea in the third round awaits the winner, but Bishop said they have approached it how they would any game and are not getting carried away.

Bishop told The Iron PlayerHD: “From my point of view, it is as big as any other game. The preparation is the same and whatever the carrot is for the winner that is for other people to worry about.

“It is 90 minutes of football and we have to deal with that first before we think ahead of that. When the draw was made, it is something that you look at, but it hasn’t been something we’ve discussed in the dressing room.

“We’ve had a couple of league games in there as well, and it will be just as much as an incentive for them as well as us.”

The Iron head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Port Vale in their last match, and Bishop hoped they could take the spirit shown into Tuesday’s game.

He said: “Conditions made it hard on Saturday, but I thought we really dug deep in the second half and there were a couple of blocks and lads putting their bodies on the line. A draw was probably a fair result and I’d say we deserved it.

“We’ve been a bit hit and miss at home. Obviously if you want to have any kind of success, you have to make your home your fortress and there is no better time to start.

“If we are on it and doing what we do well, we won’t have to worry about them and what they can do.”

The midfielder missed the original tie through suspension and is looking forward to taking on Leyton Orient and continuing the side’s run in the cup.

Bishop has enjoyed playing in the FA Cup when he was at Notts County and hopes that his success in the competition can continue.

He said: “I was disappointed to miss the game down in Leyton Orient through suspension, and I think that is one of the only ones I’ve missed this season.

“I’m really enjoying this season and I still get the same buzz that I do when I was 19.

“I got the goal for Notts County when we drew with Manchester City, so I’ve had some great times in the cup and I hope we get another one.”

See much more from Neal Bishop and Mark Robins on The Iron PlayerHD.

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