Bishop’s away day blessing

Neal Bishop for Blackpool
Neal Bishop for Blackpool
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Neal Bishop thinks tomorrow’s away trip to Sheffield Wednesday may be a blessing in disguise for the Seasiders.

Blackpool have lost five out of of their last six games during December and are looking to start 2014 on a high at Hillsborough.

They face a manager less Wednesday side, ironically the team which the Seasiders’ previous three points came against.

And utility man Bishop feels playing away from a pressure filled Bloomfield Road could help the side.

“It might do us good to play away from home at the moment, to be honest,” he said.

“There’s a lot of negativity around which is understandable.

“The results haven’t been right lately and I can understand the fans’ frustrations.

“I’m a football fan and I know how frustrating it can be sitting in the stands.

“At least we can run around and make an impact, where the fans have to sit and watch.

“So it might benefit us a little going away from home.”

Sheffield Wednesday come into tomorrow’s game on the back of two solid draws against Blackburn and Charlton.

Caretaker Stuart Gray was given the festive period to impress following the sacking of Dave Jones and has impressed with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

It’s believed a win against the Seasiders could see the former Southampton man handed more time to earn the job full-time.

Blackpool are desperate for a win which would stop the rot and also fire them back towards the play-off places.

Despite their poor form, Ince’s men remain just three points away from sixth placed club Ipswich.

And Bishop insists they aren’t far away.

He added: “We started off the season on fire when everyone expected the opposite.

“There was a lot of negativity around the club with the amount of players that left, but we managed to start the season brilliantly.

“In the last few weeks the form has totally turned on it’s head and we all seem a bit down to be honest.

“The lads seem to be struggling a little for confidence.

“But there’s only us going to get out of this run.

“Every team will go through a bad run, it’s how we respond now.

“We’ve now played every team in the division and we aren’t far off.

“It’s fine margins and we have to be better at the basics.

“We didn’t play well against Brighton but there was nothing in it.

“If we didn’t concede a sloppy goal we would have come away with a point and be ready to go again.

“But we gifted them a goal and gave ourselves a mountain to climb.”

Sheffield Wednesday have squad problems of their own with nine players currently on the injury list, although the return of Connor Wickham against Charlton offered a big boost.