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Bishop full of belief heading to Port Vale

23 February 2024


Bishop full of belief heading to Port Vale

23 February 2024

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Ted Bishop says there has been a 'massive shift in confidence' in recent weeks as his side arrive at Port Vale this Saturday seven games unbeaten.

Rested as a precaution following a busy run of games, the former Ipswich Town man came off the bench last weekend to set up Joe Taylor's winning goal against Exeter City and is enjoying being utilised in a preferred role by head coach Michael Skubala.

He said: "I am really enjoying my football at the moment. Getting a run of games is massive for me. I've been playing in my preferred position, which I hadn't done previously in my whole time at Lincoln and I definitely think that's a factor.

"I've played on the wing, up front, at right-back for half a season and in the midfield two when we played a 5-2-3, but I think that '8' role with two others in the middle gives me the licence to show what I can do, which I feel I've done in recent games."

With two hamstring injuries spoiling last season for the 27-year-old, Bishop has played a part in more than 75% of the matches so far this term and feels consistent football has contributed to him staying fit during his third campaign at the LNER Stadium.

He said: "That's massive for me. The first season was good for me in terms of appearances but last season less so, so it's a big plus I've been able to stay fit for large parts of the season and fingers crossed it continues for the rest of it."

City's upturn in form has coincided with having more strength-in-depth in the forward areas, with Ben House and Reeco Hackett back from spells out through injury, the addition of Taylor and the return of Freddie Draper from his successful loan spell at Walsall.

Bishop said: "We were really light on numbers for a large part of the season so having those players to play with definitely helps my game and the whole team.

"Maybe a month or so ago we were looking behind us a bit but it's mad how it can change as we're now looking ahead. We'll take every game as it comes and try to keep winning."

Speaking about the challenge Port Vale will pose this weekend, he added: "We know they're a dangerous side on their day like any team in this division. We have to go there with a game plan and execute it the right way."

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