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Bishop: More to come from us

14 August 2017

After drawing 1-1 with Rochdale on Saturday, Neal Bishop believes United were unlucky not to get three points.

However, he says the team know what they need to improve on.

Bishop believes there is much more to come from the squad, and praised the depth in an interview with iFollow Iron.

NB: Over 90 minutes I think it was a fair result. We spoke at half-time and it looked like we were waiting for something to spark us. We were always in the game but we weren’t doing enough to get our noses in front. However, we always felt comfortable. We didn’t really start up in the second half and conceded a sloppy goal. However, we sparked into life after Duane Holmes’ goal and probably should have gone on to win it.

"I thought we finished the game stronger and that says a lot for the work that the boys have been putting in over the summer."

Neal Bishop, midfielder

NB: It’s great for him. He’s obviously disappointed not to be getting into the starting eleven but he got his head down, worked and he got his rewards on Saturday. It was a great run and he put it away well. It was the same as Tuesday night in that he was a constant threat, he came on and looked lively and he’s certainly pushing his case for a start.

NB: I think that we were more like the team from last season when we scored. It shouldn’t take that to kick us into life though as we are better than that. We need to be better than that. However, the boys played 120 minutes on Tuesday night and looked really fit. I thought we finished the game stronger and that says a lot for the work that the boys have been putting in over the summer. I try and look at the game objectively and as a neutral I think that if one team was going to go on and win it then it would have been us. They were relying on the break away and long balls forward but the two boys at the back dealt with that really well.

NB: They stuck with us when we went 1-0 down. They were loud and made a lot of noise. The away support is always fantastic. It doesn’t matter how many we take, you know they’re in the ground. They’ve backed us and a massive thank you to them. It doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s certainly appreciated and it’s just a shame that we couldn’t get the three points.

Neal Bishop

NB: The substitutes that came on during the game and on Tuesday have made a massive difference. I don’t think that it’s a secret that the club are trying to bring in one or two people but it’s more about quality than quantity. I think that we’ve seen the quality coming off the bench today. Obviously there are lads that didn’t get on today that could’ve been brought on and would’ve also enhanced the team. We have a good squad but it’s just a little disappointing that we haven’t got the win. We will take the positives and move onto Oxford. 

NB: We need to be on the front foot from the start. We have done it in periods. I thought that we were comfortable in the first half against Wimbledon and I thought that we were comfortable in the first half today. However, we weren’t doing enough. We’ve got to be on top, be able to stick the knife in and be more ruthless. We started last season like a house on fire. We’ve started this season decently but there is more to come from us. Once we believe in ourselves fully the potential is there to have another good season.

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