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A REAL SQUAD EFFORT

17 October 2016

Iron midfielder Neal Bishop felt it took a huge deal of resolve to come from behind and defeat MK Dons at Glanford Park.

Two second half strikes from Paddy Madden secured a 2-1 victory for United, in a game Bishop stated was won by a great togetherness from the squad.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Bishop said: “I thought we dug really deep.

“For whatever reason it didn’t really click today, but I thought the substitutes who came on made a real impact. It was a real squad effort to get to the win.

“We talk a lot about starting the game well and I think we were on top early on and all that was missing was that goal, or that killer pass.”

Bishop explained that no victory is easy to come by, which he added was very evident against the Dons.

However he says it’s fantastic to see that the team are coming out on top in a number of different ways - something he feels is a great sign going forward.

“Looking at the goal, it’s probably a bad one to concede, however we’ve dug really deep. We’re not going to turn sides over like we did against Gillingham and Southend every week,” he stated.

“I’ve played often enough in this division to know that, and you’re going to have periods where you’re not playing at your best. The teams which will do well in this league are the ones who get results through that period.

“It’s another big week with us playing on Tuesday. You do get a lot of weeks like that. You’ve got to be on it, and fortunately so far we’re showing a high level of consistency.”

Manager Graham Alexander made what proved to be three inspired changes in the second half, and Bishop was quick to point out just what a testament that is to the strength in depth which exists within the ranks.

“You’ve just got to look at the bench and the lads who weren’t even on the bench. It’s by far the best squad there’s been in my time here - you could probably pick two elevens,” Bishop explained.

“Everyone knows how good Paddy is and I’m delighted that he managed to get two goals. There has to be a mention for Joe Anyon too, who came on and made an unbelievable save to keep us ahead.

“He’s (Joe Anyon) a top pro. I know he hasn’t had many chances, but he comes in and trains his best everyday.

"I’m delighted he’s been able to come on and contribute to that win because, no doubt about it, that was a top, top save.”

See much more from Neal Bishop, Graham Alexander and Murray Wallace on the Iron PlayerHD.

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