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7 March 2016

Iron midfielder Neal Bishop was pleased with the team's performance in the 0-0 home draw against Gillingham on Saturday.

Paddy Madden came close on numerous occasions, only for the impressive Stuart Nelson or the woodwork to deny him.

The highlights available on the club's YouTube account paint a good picture of the game, with there not being one Gillingham chance on the reel, which is edited and uploaded by the Football League.

“It’s definitely two points dropped,” Bishop told The Iron PlayerHD.

“Everybody that was here today would agree that we’ve dominated. It was the same down there – we played really well but got mugged by two set-pieces.

“Ultimately it was disappointing, because we did everything but score. We carved out some great opportunities, but as I say if you don’t take your chances you don’t win football matches.”

The 34-year-old believes the team put on a good display for the fans, and pondered about what could have happened on another day with a bit more luck.

He stated: “The supporters come and pay their money, and they want to see good attacking football, and I think we produced that today.

“On another day we could have been maybe two or three up at half time, never mind after 90 minutes.

“Recently we’ve come up against teams that are up there. You look at those games and think ‘are they ten places better than us?’

"You'd probably say not.

“But credit to them, they’ve been more consistent than us over the course of the season and thoroughly deserve to be where they are.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match with Doncaster, Bishop says he is surprised by their lowly position and lack of form, but warns he and his teammates must not get complacent.

“I’m surprised because they’ve got some really good players. If we’re not at it they’ll come and turn us over, and there will be a good following – it should be a great atmosphere," he said.

“As a squad we have to keep the season alive for as long as possible. Looking at the play-offs, maybe it’s a bit too much. If we get in that top 12, and then get in the top 10, then who knows.

“We might run out of games, but if we create as many chances as we did today and play as well as we did for the remaining games, who knows where that might take us.”

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