Doncaster Rovers: Furman keen to compete

Doncaster Rovers' Dean Furman
Doncaster Rovers' Dean Furman

Dean Furman admits to being frustrated having experienced unfamiliar territory on the Rovers bench and is adamant he does not want to stay there.

The midfielder did not feature in Doncaster’s 2-0 defeat against Burnley on Tuesday and was brought off in the Sheffield Wednesday victory as Paul Dickov reshuffled his side to accommodate a 4-3-3 formation.

Furman’s last full 90 minutes was against Nottingham Forest last month - and the South African is keen to get back off the bench and showing similar form which made him a cult hero with the Keepmoat faithful last season.

“Personally for me it’s been frustrating,” the 25-year-old admitted.

“At the start of the season I felt really good but for one reason or another I’ve lost my place.

“For me that’s been frustrating and something I’ve not really felt before but it’s good that there is a competition for places and the team have been playing really well.

“There’s a good amount of pressure for places and it’s up to me, if I’m on the bench and come on, to play well and give the gaffer a few things to think about.

“At this level there is always going to be competition for places.

“Everybody wants to be playing, everybody thinks they should be playing and I’m no different.

“It’s up to me to keep training and working hard in the squad and in turn keep them on top of their game and I want to be on top of my game and in the team.

“Competition is very healthy, the more we have over all positions, the better it will be as a team.

“I just need to keep working hard and keep giving the gaffer a problem over selection.”

Furman watched from the dugout as Rovers slipped to 18th in the Championship with the midweek defeat to Sean Dyche’s Clarets.

However, the former Oldham Athletic ace was keen to look for the positives.

“There wasn’t a great deal in the game,” he said.

“They’re confident and are a very well organised team at the top of their game at the moment.

“We had some really good chances to get back into the game.

“Again we have to take the positives, we faced a team at the top of the league and put them on the back foot for large periods.”

Despite only having won one home game in the league so far this season, Furman was not overly worried about that form, however, said the side were keen to get a good run under their belts at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“We’ve gone to some difficult places and really held our own,” he said.

“We’re playing the football that we want to be playing.

“We’ve not been on the backfoot for long periods of the games so it’s a great thing for us and shows that we are more than capable of competing in the Championship.

“The only thing missing now is that consistent run of points and to really start winning games.”

He went on: “We know that a lot rests on your home form.

“We just want to make our home form really strong.”

Dickov welcomes his former club Leicester City to the borough on Saturday - another side who are performing well in the league.

The Foxes are going into the game on the back of a run of being unbeaten in their last five league outings - with just one of those results finishing as a draw.

However, Furman stressed that Doncaster should not focus too much on the opposition and play the football they know they can.

“We don’t want to talk too much about them, but we want to show we’re competitive in this league,” he said.

“We’ve got to try and not sit back, we want to play nice, attacking football and give our fans something to cheer about.”