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Skipper Targets 9 From 9

29 January 2013

Notts County have what it takes to secure maximum points from the next three away games, says Neal Bishop.

Notts were beaten on the road for the first time since February at the weekend, after Leyton Orient triumphed at the Matchroom Stadium.

Prior to the fixture, the Magpies had gone 22 away games without defeat – a club record.

Rather than dwell on the end of the run, Bishop feels that the team has to take the positives from what was a remarkable achievement.

The skipper is eager to kick-start a new streak and close the eight-point gap on sixth-placed Sheffield United, beginning with Portsmouth on Tuesday night. 

He told Magpie Player: “I know people will look at the next two games and automatically have us down for six points. 

“We’re probably in a bit of a no-win situation this week, because if we win the two games, we’re expected to win.

“We’re fully confident and we know what we’ve got to do across these next three away games, and we’re fully confident of getting some positive results.

 “The aim is nine out of nine, including Stevenage next week, we want to win every game.

“We never go into a game accepting that a draw will be good enough.”

He continued: “We haven’t met the standards from earlier in the season enough and we’re all aware of that.

“We’re well prepared, nothing’s changed, the manager and the coaching staff have prepared us in exactly the same way as they have done since they’ve come in.

“Us, as players, have got to start taking a bit of responsibility, it’s easy to blame the manager, which seems to be the way.

“I don’t know why? The manager doesn’t go on the pitch and kick a ball around and neither do his coaching staff.

“We’ve got to take it on the chin now, because we’re the ones that can take this club forward.

“We’re eight points off the Play-Offs with a couple of games in hand over some of the teams around us and it is all still to play for.” 

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