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20 February 2015

Neal Bishop says that the Iron picking up their home form is vital if they are to achieve anything this season.

United have picked up two wins in the last week against Swindon Town and Chesterfield, with Bishop believing that this is something that the side needed to see happen.

"In the early part of the season, we weren’t really at it, especially at home and the numbers weren’t coming through the gate for one reason or another," he told The Iron Player.

"That seems to have changed since the new manager has come in and brought in a couple of new signings because I think that the football we play is a lot better and I’d say that the supporters have appreciated it."

Looking ahead to the Preston game, he believes that the way the Iron have played against a number of the top sides this season is a standard to keep up as they go up against the fourth placed Lilywhites at the weekend. 

"In the last few games, we’ve played all the top teams here," said Bishop.

"Swindon, MK Dons and Chesterfield are up there but I think we’ve been going about things in the right way and we’re trying to play the right sort of football and entertain people.

"The supporters have come back and the numbers were up again on Tuesday so you know, it’s fantastic.

"We sort of fed off each other Tuesday night,  the fans really got behind us and with the run of fixtures we’ve had,  we were feeling it in the legs and the supporters helped us over the line so long may that continue."

It was the fifth time United have come up against Chesterfield this season and after a couple of results against the Spireites not going the Iron’s way, he felt that a win over them was needed.

He said: "I think we certainly owed them one after previous results because they’d definitely got the better of on a couple of occasions this season, whether they’ve deserved to or not.

"The final result hasn’t always been positive for us but I thought we were more than worthy winners on Tuesday night.

"You know, I think that the only thing that was missing from the first half an hour was a goal but we kept doing the right things.

"We had a little chat at half time, made sure we stepped it up a bit more and I thought we were really worthy winners on Tuesday.

Preston beat the Iron 4-0 at Glanford Park earlier in the season and Bishop is keen to make sure that the side get a measure of revenge for that when they head to Deepdale at the weekend.

He stated: "I think we certainly owe them a performance against them because they came here and annihilated here earlier in the season.

"It was 4-0 and was embarrassing to be honest; the performance was way short of what was required.

"They’re a good team as their league position proves this season and they’re a physical team so I think the challenge might be a bit different to Chesterfield, Swindon and MK who get the ball down and play football.

"They’re a bit more direct, physical and play to their strengths, which is fair enough.

"But we’ll be ready for them and as say with any team in this league, if we go there, do what we do well and assert our game on them then we’re more of a match for anyone but  we’re under no illusions it’s going to be a difficult game."

Bishop believes that although results might have only been coming together on a consistent basis recently, the potential has always been there and says that there is an air of confidence in the camp ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

He stated: "I don’t think we can say that any of the teams  have really dominated us, we’ve played the top three, Chesterfield and they’re all in and around the top of the table and like I said, we more than matched them and have had spells where we’ve really dominated them so confidence is high.

"We’ve got to be careful that we don’t get complacent because we’re at a pivotal point now.

"A lot of games are coming up now and we know what we have to do now to see where we’re going to end up,  whether it’s just going to be case of looking over shoulders or seeing what we can do further up the table

"The games are coming thick and fast this month and if we’re really at it, we can have a really positive end to the season."

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