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Bishop: Point a fair result

28 September 2017

Midfielder Neal Bishop felt that a point was a fair result, after the Iron’s 0-0 draw away at Gillingham.

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However, Bishop, who played the full game, still thought his side had best chance of the match when Tom Hopper saw his low strike saved late on.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, the 36-year-old reflected on the match and took a look at the next opponents Shrewsbury Town.

NB: I think in the first half we were disappointing by our own standards. It was very disappointing we didn’t reach the standards and performances we have managed recently. We had a few words amongst ourselves at half time. We wanted to come out in the second half and be more positive, but they were very organised, very resolute and over the 90 minutes I don’t think we did enough to win the game. I think a point is a fair reflection on what happened. Sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say, you were not at it. We were resolute, we were determined and the work rate was really good. I can’t think of Matt Gilks having to make a save. We had the best chance of the game when Hakeeb Adelakun came on and showed a great bit of skill to put Tom Hopper in, and the goalkeeper's made a great save. It might have been harsh on them if we nicked the three points, but a draw is probably a fair result.

NB: It’s not something we take for granted. We work on the defence every day, as we are trying to be more expressive and trying to be more creative in overall play. Once we merge those two things together we can kick on from the positive start we’ve made this season.

"Once we merge those two things together we can kick on from the positive start we’ve made this season."

Neal Bishop, midfielder

NB: We’re well looked after, we travel well. We stay in good hotels and the club look after us really well. The sports scientist guys have everything planned out, so there are no excuses for tired legs and it will be the same on Saturday. We won’t use travelling or anything like that as an excuse. We just didn’t pass the ball and move it as well as we usually do, and that’s just down to individual mistakes and not hitting the heights we have done in the last few games. We will work hard in training this week and try and put it right for Saturday.

NB: I can’t wait, you relish those games. You want to go there and put your marker down, especially at their place. I think it will be a different game, they will probably be full of confidence. From minute one, Gillingham wanted the clean sheet and the point out of the game. I think Shrewsbury, with the form they’re on, will be looking to win it, and rightly so. We will also be going there looking for three points - we respect them, they’ve made a fantastic start.

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