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Bishop: We Need To Man Up

9 April 2014

Midfielder's Reaction To The Derby Defeat

Blackpool midfielder Neal Bishop claimed the players need to look themselves in the mirror, after their defeat to Derby County pushed them further into relegation trouble.

The defeat left Pool three points above the relegation zone with five games remaining.

Bishop, who was a half-time substitute on Tuesday, spoke passionately post-match and held no punches when assessing the current situation. 

“It’s easy to say the players aren’t good enough, but they are good enough, they’re just not performing and we have to look in the mirror,” said Bishop.

“The supporters must be sick of seeing interviews in the paper saying we’ll do this or that, I don’t want to say that. It’s hollow and empty if we don’t go out and perform. The players need to take some responsibility and I include myself in this.

“It’s not good enough, to score that early and concede the way we did wasn’t good enough for this division. We have to be big enough to play here, because it’s a privilege to play for this football club. 

“I can understand the fans’ frustration. I’m a supporter myself and I’d be reacting exactly the same, but let’s stick this one out. We’ll sit down when we’re safe, find out what went wrong and make sure this never happens again.”

Blackpool have 15 points to fight for before the curtain is drawn on the season, meaning there is still plenty to play for.

After back-to-back defeats in recent days, the emphasis will now be on Pool to pick up points away from home.

“We have five games to stop this team from going out of the league, it’s the stark reality looking at the other results. This is a fantastic league with some big clubs in it, and we want to be here next season.

“It would be catastrophic for us to go down, so it’s about time we manned up and started putting in the performances. I’ve been in League One and I don’t want to go back there.

“The good thing is we still have time and games, it’s now or never. We haven’t been in the bottom three all season, so we don’t want to enter it in the final five games. There are enough points available to see us right, but there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves.”

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