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STRONG SQUAD KEEPS US ON OUR TOES

6 February 2015

Iron midfielder Neal Bishop hopes that the positive atmosphere in the dressing room will lead to another three points on Saturday.

United welcome Oldham Athletic to Glanford Park on Saturday and will be hoping to follow up the 4-1 victory at Leyton Orient last season with another victory against the Latics.      

He said: "The atmosphere’s really good and when you’re winning games collectively as a group, it’s easy to create that.

"Training’s gone well this week, everybody is looking sharp and we’re obviously on a decent run of form right now.

"What we’ve got to do now is make sure that it continues and obviously the only way to do that is by winning football matches.

The former Notts County and Blackpool man has been playing alongside Liam O’Neil and Isaiah Osbourne in centre midfield recently and praised the impact of the players since they arrived at the Iron.

"They’re good quality players, and it’s easy to play alongside them," said Bishop.

"I played with Isaiah a few times last season at Blackpool so that helps and then obviously Liam’s come in and settled in well, which has been the case for all the new signings really.

"It’s been a pleasure to play alongside them and they’ve definitely helped bring my game on and improve my own personal form this season."

Bishop also trained with another new signing for the first time on Thursday, Dutchman Kevin van Veen and said that while the striker is going to need some time, his initial impressions were good.

The midfielder said: "He looked good, I think it’s naturally going be hard for him at first with it being a new country and we’ll all have to give him time to adapt to his new surroundings but first impressions are good and he looks like he’s really going to add something to the team."

Victory on Saturday will put United within touching distance of tenth-placed Oldham and the 33-year-old believes that it is vital that the club continue to improve and pick up points at home if they are going to climb up the League One table. 

He stated: "I think we’ve been brilliant on the road recently, our home form is improving and if we’re really going to kick on this season and move up the table then your home form has to be a basis for that.

"It’s a bit of a cliché but anyone can beat anyone in this league and we’ve got be on the ball and prepared for what’s going be a good Oldham team coming here on Saturday.

"But if we do the right things then we can hopefully get a positive result.

"We can’t let complacency set in and think we’re better than we are, and start thinking we’ve got a right to win football matches.

"These are the things that creep in but I think we’ve got a very good squad here and that keeps everyone on their toes.

"If we take the performances we have been putting in and improve them even further then that can only lead to good things."

See much more from Neal Bishop, Mark Robins, Ned Kelly, Kevin van Veen and Jordan Clarke on The Iron Player.


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