Dean Furman’s good friend Filipe Morais has not been having a great time of late, and the Doncaster Rovers’ midfielder is intent on prolonging his pain this evening.
Furman played at Oldham with Bradford winger Morais, available for tonight’s derby after serving a three-match ban for his dismissal in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Reading.
The South African captain counts Bradford as one of his previous clubs, having spent a loan spell there under Stuart McCall in 2008-09. After missing out on reaching the League Two play-offs that season, he is aiming to hand a blow to City’s hopes of reaching the end-of-season lottery six seasons on.
Furman said: “It was a great experience and I loved my season at Bradford and we were very disappointed not to get into the play-offs. That has to be put aside and I will be doing everything I can to help Donny go and get the victory.
“Phil (Morais) is a very close mate at Bradford who I speak to quite a lot and I know he is loving his time there.
“His suspension has now ended and I am sure he will be pumped up for the game.
“It has been a bit quiet lately and with him being suspended, I did not want to wind him up too much. But I am sure leading up to the game there will be a few texts, but once that whistle goes, it will be strictly focused on taking care of our own jobs.”
Rovers’ Easter schedule against not just derby foes but play-off rivals in Bradford and Sheffield United, looks intense, but for Furman it represents a real opportunity in their quest to make a statement and gatecrash the top six.
Rovers also face Rochdale, Fleetwood and MK Dons before May 2, with Furman seeing the ‘six-point’ nature of the assignments as an advantage.
He said: “The positive thing for us is that we play teams in and around us and if we take points off them, we can really take advantage of the close proximity of the play-offs.
“It’s vital we continiue on from our last victory at Coventry. We have eight massive games now to try and claim that play-off place.”