Dean determined to drive Doncaster up the league from defensive role.Dean Furman has said that he and his Doncaster Rovers teammates will look to take a leaf out of Peterborough’s book when they face Swindon Town at Keepmoat Stadium tonight.
Furman – who has deputised in a more defensive minded midfield role since Paul Keegan was sidelined – was part of the side which lost 2-0 to the Posh at the weekend.
“You’ve only got to look at Barnsley and Peterborough and where they are, we know that’s something we have to do with only ten games to go,” said the 26 year old.
“There’s seven or eight teams pushing for fifth and sixth place and everyone knows a little run can really bump you up the league.
“The group has got a great mentality and we’ve shown that we can bounce back from disappointment before, we’ve got to do it again now.”
Rovers face a resurgent Robins side still harbouring ambitions of a top two finish but could significantly dent their automatic aspirations with a second successive win against the Wiltshire side.
“Swindon are a good side. We know when we played them earlier in the season they had their chances but we played very well and, tactically, it was probably one of the performances of the season from us,” the South African stated.
“The win down there gave us a lot of belief. We showed how good we can be and there was real belief that took over the squad from that victory to push on into the season.
“But we’ve beaten top sides this season, we’ve shown that we can bounce back from defeats and that’s what we want to do tonight.”
Furman was instrumental in the 1-0 win at the County Ground – playing off the shoulder of lone front man Theo Robinson whose penalty separated the two sides – but will be deployed in the less glamorous ‘anchoring’ role.
“It’s disappointing to lose Keegs [Paul Keegan], he does such a disciplined job for us sitting in front of the back four,” said Furman.
“For me it’s a role that I enjoy, I don’t mind taking on that role if the gaffer needs me there. It limits me going forward but if I can keep things ticking over and help the back four then that’s what I will do.
“No games are easy, we know it’s going to be very tough but we just have to make sure that in every game we go out there looking for the win because we need as many points as possible to make that top six.”