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2 December 2012

Furman on cup victory

Latics' captain Dean Furman says the team's FA Cup with Budweiser victory against Doncaster Rovers was masterminded on the training ground.

Midfield man Furman (pictured) had a more advanced role as he set up Latics' second and third goals.

He explained: "That is one of the things we had worked extensively on Thursday and Friday in training - myself and James Wesolowski getting forward more.

"That is something we don't do enough as we tend to drop too deep looking for the ball.

"The gaffer gets on at us all the time about getting forward and it was pleasing what we had worked on paid off in the game and got us a win."

Furman added Latics' 1-0 defeat at Doncaster in the league in midweek had given them believe they could overturn that reverse.

He explained: "Doncaster are tough and a good side which is top of our league. They don't make many mistakes, are solid, well organised and hard to break down.

"What Tuesday did was give us the believe we could win the cup tie. We thought we had a strong foothold in the game and we were very disappointed with our second-half performance.

"I think for long periods, it was some of the best football we have played this season against decent opposition."

Furman added that the early goal they conceded against Doncaster left them "shell shocked."

"May be Jose Baxter's pass to Cristian Montano gave us the belief we could break them down. From that moment, we got the ball down and opened them up," he continued.

Furman explained Reece Wabara's equaliser in first half stoppage time was vital as it gave Latics something to build on in the second period.

He said: "From the first kick of the second half, we were dominant and took the game to them.

"And it was great that things we had worked on in training on Thursday and Friday came into the game in the second half and the victory was well deserved."

Furman says consistency, or the lack of it, is Latics' main problem.

He continued: "We can play really well one week and then really poor the next one. We need to find that consistency.

"That is what the teams at the top of the league have. We have set the standards which we must maintain as it is no point doing it one week and then not for another two.

"That is why we will be down at the bottom if we do that.

"We have some very good players here and, if we find that consistency, we will move up the table."

 Furman pointed out there is great excitement for everybody at the clubs to be in the draw for the third round.

He said: "Those of us here last year remember what happened last year when we drew Liverpool.

"I will always remember arriving at the club one day and finding the fans who had been queueing up for hours for tickets.

"We hope it is a big tie, but the excitement is being in the hat."

Furman added he is also aware of the massive financial lift reaching the third round is for the club.

"Chelsea or Tottenham would be great. I would love a London away tie, but any big club would be nice," he said.


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