Bishop back to his best for Notts County – Judge
NEAL Bishop is back to his best, says Alan Judge.
The Notts County skipper has already scored five goals from midfield this season, having netted just five times in his first three seasons at Meadow Lane.
He has earned big praise from Magpies boss Keith Curle – and now his team-mate Judge has raved about his performances in black-and-white stripes so far this campaign ahead of their league game against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
"He's the complete midfielder," he said.
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"It's not just his goals – he's all over the place, getting stuck in and driving us forward.
"You think he is not going to get there to make the tackle sometimes, but he always does – I wish I had that in my game.
"I'm happy for him because he doesn't always get the credit he deserves.
"I think he is back to his best and long may it continue."
Bishop scored for the second game on the trot against Crawley Town at Meadow Lane last Saturday, but the Magpies were held to a 1-1 draw by their promotion rivals in League One.
Judge was gutted they did not end their long wait for a home league win, having last picked up three points at Meadow Lane against Portsmouth at the end of September.
"If we want to be up towards the top come the end of the season, we need to finish those kind of games off," he said.
"I think we came out of the traps really quick and they couldn't live with us.
"Them equalising at the end of the first half deflated us, but we went for it again in the second half and were unlucky not to get the win.
"But we got the draw and we were good and solid at the back and it gives us something to build on."
Judge will also be aiming to gain revenge on the Iron.
Notts were held to a 0-0 draw at Glanford Park at the end of March and the Irish midfielder still feels the two points they dropped in that game ultimately cost them a place in the play-offs in League One, as they missed out on the top-six on goal-difference.
Scunthorpe have won their last two league games against Walsall and Coventry City since ex-Nottingham Forest defender Brian Laws returned as their manager and Judge said: "They have hit a bit of form under their new manager so it will be hard going up there.
"The draw there last season still niggles a little bit so hopefully we will get the job done this time."