Magpies must end wait for home win against Swindon, says skipper Bishop
NOTTS County must end their long wait for a home victory against Swindon Town today, says skipper Neal Bishop.
The Magpies have not won at Meadow Lane since they beat Portsmouth 3-0 in League One two months ago.
They have played five games since then, but have lost three of those to promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers, Doncaster Rovers and Stevenage.
They also threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 against Bournemouth and Bishop fired them 1-0 ahead against Crawley Town, but they were held to a 1-1 draw.
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They are now preparing for the visit of another top-six side in Paolo Di Canio's Robins – and Bishop is determined to lead Notts to three vital points.
"There is a massive determination in the squad to put it right at home," he said.
"There are not many bigger tests than Swindon, but hopefully we will come out of it with a positive result.
"They're an attacking team so they will come out and have a right go at us, which will suit us because a lot of teams come here and sit behind the ball to try and frustrate us.
"The four games we have lost have all had the same pattern.
"Teams have sit back and hit us on the break."
Bishop believes if Notts defend for their lives against Swindon, like they did in their midweek goalless draw at Preston North End, which extended their record unbeaten away run to 19 games, they can win.
"Any point away is a good one and none will come more hard-earned than that one," he added.
"We wanted to be more offensive than we were, but we weren't quite at it attacking-wise and on the ball.
"You're not going to be in every game and when it happens it's important you do the other side of the game and dig in, defend and get the clean-sheet.
"It was backs to the wall at times at Preston, but we stood up to everything they threw at us.
"We'll have to defend like that again against Swindon and be better going forward."