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We're relishing the play-offs

3 May 2017

Neal Bishop was pleased to see his side finish the League One campaign with a convincing win over already-relegated Coventry City.

Vladimir Gadzhev had given the away side a first half lead against the run of play, and Coventry saw that lead into the break.

Graham Alexander’s half time team talk paid off almost instantly, when Kevin van Veen equalised seven minutes after the interval. Bishop and substitute Hakeeb Adelakun then completed the turn around, scoring in the final ten minutes.

“I thought we started the game really well,” Bishop told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We then seemed to drop off a bit. They scored with the first shot they had, a deflected one. We came out in the second half and we were more like ourselves, and started with a good tempo.

“We said at half time we wanted to build an atmosphere in the ground, and in the end, I thought we thoroughly deserved all three points.”

Bishop was pleased to see some of his team mates return to action after absence, and believes that having the competition for places that the Iron currently do, could be pivotal to their play-off success.

“It’s good to see some of the other lads getting minutes under their belt going into what is hopefully going to be three big games," he continued.

Dutch forward van Veen scored the equaliser, a goal that struck a resemblance to the now voted goal of the season winner, a curled effort at Fleetwood back in August.

Bishop was happy for van Veen, and hopes he can maintain that sort of form going into two, potentially three massive games.

“I’m delighted for Kev. It’s been a bit stop and start for him this season. He’s worked hard in training, and he’s a great lad," he commented.

“We’ve been having a laugh after the game – he thinks his was better than mine, but I can’t believe that.”

The 35-year-old was understandably upbeat post-match, as he recollected the moment he fired in an unstoppable goal from 25-yards-out on his 500th career league appearance.

“It’s just opened up, and I’ve put my head down and hit it. I’ve been getting a bit of grief off the lads. They’re saying I aimed for the other corner.

“It hit the back of the net, and that’s all that matters. I’d have been disappointed in them if they weren’t taking the mickey out of me.

“Over the course of 46 games we’ve finished as the third best team, and that’s a good progression on seventh last season.”

Despite leading the league for large parts of the first half of the season, the Iron faded away in the second part due to a bad run of form.

Bishop is pleased the club have come through that sticky period, and look back to their best, as United secured a highly respectable third-place finish in League One for the 2016/17 season.

“Everyone knows we had a sticky two or three months, and we couldn’t put our finger on what went wrong.

“It wasn’t just the supporters who were frustrated, it was everyone. We put our heads down, and tried to get some form back, which we have done.

“Millwall have got a lot of play-off experience, so it’s going to be difficult couple of games, but something we are relishing.” Bishop concluded.

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