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TAKE SATURDAY'S SECOND HALF INTO COVENTRY

29 January 2016

United midfielder Neal Bishop says the levels which the Iron hit in the second half against Colchester last week are what everyone is striving for on a more consistent basis.

Scunthorpe scored three goals in the second half to emerge 3-0 winners last week, and Bishop hopes those standards are maintained when his side travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

"I think you could tell we were a little nervous in the first half. Obviously after the performance at Blackpool, the lads were a bit tentative," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We took a while to get going, but we came out in the second half and we decided we were going to go full on, which we did, and I think we thoroughly deserved the win in the end.

"Once the first goal went in, it seemed to lift the lads immensely. Mirf (David Mirfin) and Conor (Conor Townsend) did really well for the first goal, with a little move. We then completely dominated the second half, which is what we should be doing."

Once more on Saturday, Bishop played in a midfield three, alongside Jamie Ness and captain Stephen Dawson. It's a partnership which he feels will only flourish more with consistent selection.

Bishop added he enjoyed the freedom which he was afforded against Colchester, and it's something which he hopes to have more of.

"It's been a bit unsettled in our midfield so far this season, with Kingy (Jack King) starting at centre half, and going in there," he said.

"Nessy (Jamie Ness) and Stephen (Stephen Dawson) have both had their injuries. We've tried different combinations in different systems, and the more we play together, the better we'll get as a three.

"I think on Saturday, Nessy was sat a bit more, while myself and Stephen were getting up and down like we like to do. I was fortunate to have a hand in two of the goals, with me getting more forward and getting a bit more freedom."

Bishop gave his thoughts on what test Tony Mowbray's side will provide on Saturday, and he drew attention to the fact the Sky Blues will be looking to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered at the hands of Southend last weekend.

"They're a good team, but obviously they got beat 3-0 at Southend last weekend. So we know they'll be wanting to bounce back, with them having promotion aspirations of their own," he stated.

"We're under no illusions it'll be a tough game, but we've got to take the second half performance from Saturday and decide that's the type of team we want to be, and how we want to play."

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