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Winning is great but consistency is key to league and cup success, insists Oldham Athletic skipper Dean Furman

By Colin Henrys

Oldham Athletic captain Dean Furman is calling on his teammates to halt their topsy-turvy season and find some consistency after their FA Cup success against Doncaster Rovers over the weekend.

The win was their third in four matches, but Latics won just two of their previous eight games before this latest run.

South African international Furman could miss Oldham’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest in January due to the African Cup of Nations, but feels Latics can progress if they achieve some consistency.

“We have to maintain those standards. It’s no good doing it one week and not for another two weeks,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“We have to find that consistency and that’s what will take us up the league or into the next round of the Cup.

“We’ve got some very good players here and, if we can find that consistency, we will move up that table.”

Furman, who set up striker Matt Derbyshire’s two second-half goals against Doncaster as Latics reached the third round for a second successive year, revealed hard work on the training ground was key to the victory.

“That’s one of the things we’ve worked on – myself and James Wesolowski getting forward,” he said.

“I don’t think we do it enough. We can drop too deep looking for the ball. It’s something that the manager goes on at us about all the time.

“It was pleasing that what we had worked on was used in the game and got us that win.”

Picture courtesy of LaticsLee91, with thanks

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