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Bishop: Put it right

13 October 2017

Midfielder Neal Bishop is eyeing a return to winning ways as United prepare for a trip to face Rotherham on Saturday.

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13 October 2017

The 36-year-old has been previewing the match in an interview with iFollow Iron, and expects a tough test against Paul Warne’s side, who presently sit fourth in the table following their relegation out of the Championship last season.

Back-to-back league defeats are really disappointing. Training has been a bit sharper this week. There has been a determination to put it right. Obviously, it didn’t happen against Shrewsbury or Wigan. We were all really disappointed with our performance. I don’t think any one of us were anywhere near our maximum, we didn’t get started or play the way we wanted. We had trained really well and thought we were in a good place going into the game, but it didn’t show on the Saturday. Only us lads in the squad can put it right. There will be another tough game for us at Rotherham on Saturday, but it’s one we’re looking forward to. When you’ve played poorly, you want to go out there and put it right straight away. The game can’t come around quick enough really.

"When you’ve played poorly, you want to go out there and put it right straight away. The game can’t come around quick enough really."

Neal Bishop, midfielder

NB: They have a good squad, and they seem to have put a good run together. They will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. It will be a really good test, but one we’re looking forward to. It’s probably the ideal game to go into after such a disappointing display and result because we know if we’re not ‘on it’ on the day we’ll come home with nothing again and that’s the last thing we want.

NB: Our preparation is about ourselves. We’re aware of the opposition, and their strengths and weaknesses, but we go into every game focusing on what we can bring. If we can do things right, and play at the right tempo, then we will worry most teams in this league.

What we’ve done well in the last couple of seasons, when we’ve been beaten, is put a good run of results together and respond really well. Back-to-back defeats aren’t good but we’re looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. It’s a long season – 46 games. There is a lot of short-term thinking in football these days because people get carried away if you lose a couple, and also if you win a couple. We’re aware we need to put this run to bed sooner rather than later though.

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