Doncaster Rovers: Match-winner Nathan Tyson praised by team-mate Dean Furman

Match-winner Nathan Tyson (right) goes up for a corner at Scunthorpe
Match-winner Nathan Tyson (right) goes up for a corner at Scunthorpe
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Dean Furman has hailed the impact of striker Nathan Tyson for his match-winning performance against Scunthorpe United.

The 31-year-old returned to Paul Dickov’s first XI after missing last week’s Walsall defeat following concussion sustained in the Capital One Cup defeat to Fulham.

And Tyson announced his return in style as he latched onto Furman’s disguised throughball to slot past United shot-stopper Bobby Olejnik in the 49th minute, driving Doncaster to a 2-1 victory over their derby rivals.

“We know Tyson has got unbelievable pace so we just have to put it in the right area and you know he’s going to get onto it. I think it was a terrific finish,” said the South African international.

“He’s such a threat for us. He’s so quick, he puts his body about - I think he’s been concussed every other game for us because he really throws himself about!

“I’m delighted for him getting his goal, he works so hard and he’ll get many more for us that way.”

Midfielder Furman, who was involved in both Rovers goals, praised the team’s plan which saw them take the game to Scunthorpe at Glanford Park from the off.

Dickov lined his side up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, using Spaniard Marc De Val as extra protection in front of the back four with Harry Forrester and James Coppinger occupying the wings for Rovers.

That formation appeared to stifle Russ Wilcox’s men in terms of their forward play with Doncaster only letting slip once when Rory Fallon put the Iron ahead with a smart finish in the 24th minute.

“It was enjoyable. I thought some of our attacking play was outstanding,” said 26-year-old Furman, who also set-up James Coppinger’s 29th minute leveller.

“I thought Tyson was brilliant for us up front. The wings - Copps [James Coppinger] and Harry [Forrester] were really strong and caused problems all game.

“It’s something we’ve worked on all week in terms of being a bit more creative because it was lacking against Walsall first half and we didn’t penetrate their final third.

“So it was important for us to go to Scunthorpe with an attacking freedom but also make sure the back was solid.

“The back four] with the ‘keeper and Marc De Val sitting there [in front of the defence] did their job really well.”