Suspension has helped me - Notts County's Neal Bishop

Neal Bishop

Notts County captain Neal Bishop says his enforced absence from the Magpies team was exactly what he needed.

The midfielder, 30, was suspended for the draw at Scunthorpe and the win over Oldham after being sent off in the 5-2 home defeat against Sheffield United.

Bishop, whose side are seventh in League One, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I wouldn't say I wanted the break, but it's probably done me a favour.

"I'm doubly keen to get back in the team and be involved in the run-in."

Bishop has started 36 of County's 40 league this matches this season.

"My dad comes to most of the games and he said I wasn't looking as sharp in the two Sheffield games," Bishop said.

"When you're involved in it all the time you maybe get a bit stubborn but once you take a step back and evaluate your performances, he's probably right.

"I was looking a bit fatigued. That's not an excuse, I've played just about every game this season. So maybe the break has come at exactly the right time for me.

"The manager was good enough to give me a few days off to go and see my family. I've basically done nothing, which is what I needed."

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