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Goalkeeper credits teammates for 'deserved' clean sheet

25 September 2021


Goalkeeper credits teammates for 'deserved' clean sheet

25 September 2021

Mansfield Town goalkeeper Nathan Bishop hailed the 'desire' of his teammates to keep a first clean sheet of the season away to Leyton Orient.

The on-loan Manchester United man made key saves to deny the second-placed Londoners, including an injury time stop to deny Theo Archibald.

Bishop hopes the Stags can advance from their strongest defensive performance of the season in coming games.

The 21-year-old complimented the efforts of his teammates in the match.

"The boys were fantastic today. I thought defensively they were just excellent," Bishop said.

"[I have] an appreciation of them. I thought they were fantastic all over the pitch today.

"We came with a game plan and we executed it really well.

"I really didn't have that much to do because of it.

"Even the subs that came on put a shift in.


"Burky [Ryan Burke] at left back just winning headers at the end of the game, clearing balls and things like that just means the world.

"They wanted to pride themselves with a clean sheet and they really did deserve it over [the course of] the season."

The loanee made his own impact on the game, denying two Orient chances.

"It's nice to keep the ball out of the net and keep a clean sheet.

"[On making an important late save] Nothing processed in my mind. It was really sharp, really quick and I just went with it.

"[On Archibald's long-range effort] It was wobbling everywhere so to see that go somewhere else apart from the goal and hit my hand was lovely as well.

"I'm just delighted with it [the team's performance] and delighted with a clean sheet."

The youngster hopes Mansfield can gain confidence from the display.

"On a performance basis I think all over the pitch everyone's going to be confident of what they're capable of [now]." Bishop said.

"Their defensive attitude today was fantastic [and] their desire.

"I think if [we can] carry that into next week then there's not much more you can do.

"They were fantastic."

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