Captain Bishop wants to drive Magpies on to promotion
"IT'S strange," he smiled.
Neal Bishop is unaccustomed to talking about goals, let alone choosing between two super strikes.
He took a few moments to relive each one in his head, the first a breathtaking strike from 25 yards against MK Dons and the second a wonder volley inside the penalty area against Colchester United.
"This one is definitely better," he decided, looking out onto the pitch at Colchester.
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And it is, just. His long-range strike against the Dons was special, but his goal against the U's was even more so. Talk about technique. Talk about timing. He was airborne as he swept the ball into the top-right corner of the net from Alan Judge's free-kick.
"I saw it all the way," he said. "The ball came at me at an awkward angle so I had to get off the ground to steer it towards the far post. It all seemed to happen in slow motion. Luckily it went in." It was not luck at all.
"It's strange talking about goals, but hopefully long many it continue."
The Notts County captain, 31, has now scored four goals in the first three months of this season, having netted just four in his first three years at Meadow Lane.
He is no longer just a tough tackler in the heart of the Magpies' midfield, he has added a whole new attacking dimension to his game this season under Keith Curle.
"It's all down to the gaffer," said Bishop, to explain his terrific transformation. "We don't play a rigid formation, it's fluid, so I can get forward more than ever before.
"The gaffer spoke to me in pre-season and told me he wanted more goals, more assists, more of everything from me really.
"He's always pushing us and setting us new challenges and I'm thriving on that.
"I've got four goals and I want a few more now. I want to drive us on.
"I'm 31 and I feel like I'm coming towards my prime.
"Some players reach their best when they're 19 or 21, but I feel like I'm coming into my best years now."
Having scored with both of his feet off the ground at Colchester, they were firmly back on it as Bishop looked forward to tomorrow's game. Crawley Town at Meadow Lane.
Notts are in fifth place in League One, newly-promoted Crawley are one point and one place ahead of them in fourth.
The Magpies have been struggling severely on home soil so far this season.
While they are a record 17 away games unbeaten, stretching all the way back to February, they have lost three of their last four league games at home against Stevenage, Tranmere and Doncaster, all rivals for promotion into the Championship.
Bishop knows Notts must quickly improve their home form because if they don't it could end their promotion hopes.
"There are one or two question marks over us at home, which we all know about," he said.
"If the crowd stay with us, which I hope they do, turn out in their numbers and give us their backing we're more than confident we will turn it around.
"Crawley have just got promoted, they have got a big budget, a good squad and they will provide another stern test for us, but if you look at all of the teams that go up in every league they have usually got a better home record than away.
"It's so annoying because we go away and get a couple of good results and everyone is positive and then we come back home and it's a bit like a damp squib.
"The pattern has repeated itself all season so far and we have to stop it.
"Looking back, we only really under-performed against Tranmere and Doncaster.
"We should have beaten Bournemouth and we've played well in other games, it just hasn't fallen for us on the day.
"We've created chances and we haven't taken them.
"In my opinion we've had two bad performances at home and the rest have merited at least a point if not a win.
"It's important we stick together. We all want the same thing so we all have to pull in the same direction."