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Bishop: Time To Come Together

31 December 2013

Players Determined To Reverse Fortunes

Neal Bishop says now is the time for everybody to come together, as The Seasiders look to start putting things right again.

Full of fighting spirit and determination, the 32-year-old has called for everybody to unite and play their part in a return to form at Sheffield Wednesday.

"The important thing is that we don't get down on ourselves in the dressing room. Now is the time when you come together, you back your team-mates up and you back your manager up," he said. "The supporters have got a big part to play in that. They've been fantastic all season and it's going to be a real big effort at Sheffield Wednesday. We need to start putting it right."

The start of a new year will see the back of a winless December for The Seasiders, with Bishop hopeful that Blackpool's bad patch is now over.

"We started off the season on fire to be honest, when everybody expected us to start the opposite. Unfortunately the season seems to have turned on its head in the last couple of weeks and we're struggling for points. You can say the lads are down on confidence, which is natural, but we can only get ourselves out of this current run," he admitted.

"Every team in this division will have a bad patch in the season. There's no stand out teams and we've played every team in the division now. We're not far off, it's fine margins and we've got to be better at the basics.

"There was nothing in the game against Brighton, we didn't play great but if we didn't concede a sloppy goal then we'd have come away with a point. We gifted them a goal and that seems to be the way in recent weeks. We're giving ourselves mountains to climb and it's a bit disappointing, but the only thing we can do is get on the training ground, work hard and put it right ourselves."

In contrast, Sheffield Wednesday have endured their best month this season by picking up a total of eight points from seven games.

"They've picked up in recent games and have picked up a couple of wins," Bishop said. "I've played at Hillsborough before and it's a difficult place to go because the fans will get right behind them if they get ahead of steam. It's our job to quieten them and assert ourselves on the game. It will be great if we can get our noses in front because it gives us something to hang on to."

The versatile midfielder is likely to play in defence again tomorrow, with Chris Basham suspended following his fifth booking of the season. It's something he's more than willing to do as he continues to give his all for the team.

"If lads have got to play out of position and do jobs then so be it. We've got to do it and do it to the best of our ability," he insisted. "It's going to need a big effort but it's a strange league. It can turn around as quickly as it has gone downhill. We're not getting to down on ourselves."



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