Notts County: Neal Bishop is our Captain Marvel, says boss Chris Kiwomya
NEAL Bishop is Notts County's very own Captain Marvel, says manager Chris Kiwomya.
The Magpies' skipper has scored seven goals in a super season at Meadow Lane – and Kiwomya rates him so highly he says he reminds him of Manchester United and England legend Bryan Robson.
It is a big compliment to the 31-year-old midfielder, who is the only player left from the club's League Two title-winning team of 2010.
Bishop amazingly gets a lot of stick from fans, but Kiwomya says the Stockton-born player is the driving force in the Magpies' team.
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"He reminds me of Bryan Robson," said the Notts boss. "He's technically very good, he's wholehearted, he closes players down, he makes tackles and never shirks out of anything and he can score all kinds of goals.
"He's energetic and he gets all over the pitch – he's the engine of the team.
"He's a good player and he should definitely have played higher. I can't give my captain enough praise."
Bishop netted his seventh goal in the Magpies' 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient at Meadow Lane on Wednesday night and will now lead them into battle away at Crawley Town in League One tomorrow.
Notts are unbeaten in their last six games under Kiwomya, but they have only won two of those – against Bury and Carlisle – so have only closed the gap on the play-offs to seven points.
Kiwomya admits he would love to earn the top job at Meadow Lane on a long-term deal, having been put in charge until the end of the season.
But he said: "At this moment I'm just concentrating on trying to close that points gap. We've got it down to seven now, so it's bit by bit, but we've got some important games coming up and back-to-back wins will make all the difference.
"If we'd beaten Orient after the win against Carlisle we would have been a lot closer, but we're still playing catch up so we need to win at Crawley."