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Bishop: It's About Personal Pride

15 March 2013

Captain Neal Bishop is expecting a response from the Magpies against Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off at Meadow Lane), as they look to bounce back from a disappointing loss.

Bishop is the first to admit that Tuesday night's display against Preston North End was not good enough. 

The result left Notts nine points off the top six but the midfielder does not see that as an excuse for the side to give up.

Bishop expects 100 per cent from his teammates in every single match between now and the end of the season, regardless of the side's promotion chances. 

"Although talk of the Play-Offs have been cooled, the desire is still there and I think it's got to be," he told Magpie Player. 

"We're professional footballers and you get paid to win football matches, even if the Play-Offs might be out of reach.

"Your personal pride has got to kick in at some point and you can't accept that nights like Tuesday are going to be good enough.

"There's people paying hard-earned money to come through the gates and watch us play and commitment is the least people can accept.

"Whether you have a good, bad or indifferent day, you have to put your heart and soul into the performance.

"If you give 100 per cent, I don't think people can ask for more. 

"I know that's what I expect and the people who pay their money will expect a fully committed 90-minute performance." 

Bishop feels that Notts will need to prepare for a scrap this weekend against the Iron, who are desperate for points in their bid to avoid the drop.

He continued: "Preston came here and battled for their lives and Scunthorpe's position is a lot more precarious than theirs is, so I'm sure they'll come here fighting and draws are no good for them in their position. 

"They'll be coming here looking to win the game so maybe that'll make for an open game but we've got to be 100 times better than we were on Tuesday if we're to get any kind of result."

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