DONCASTER Rovers defender Tommy Spurr makes no secret of the fact that centre-back isn’t his favourite position.
The former Sheffield Wednesday star, who cost Rovers £200,000 18 months ago, much prefers playing left-back as he enjoys getting forward.
But with the likes of Jamie McCombe and Shelton Martis being sidelined for long periods this season due to injuries, he has been pressed into action as a centre-back next to skipper Rob Jones.
He has done so well that Rovers boss Dean Saunders has continued to play him at the heart of the defence even though both Martis and McCombe, whose partnership with Jones was regarded as being one of the best partnerships in the division earlier in the season, are both fit again and pushing for a start.
With Rovers keeping another clean sheet in their League One clash against Oldham in midweek, Saunders is thought unlikely to change his back-four for Saturday’s meeting between the two sides in their FA Cup second round tie at Boundary Park.
“The fact that we beat Oldham at home in the league at home on Tuesday is obviously a bonus but every game is different and we’ll be away on Saturday,” said Spurr.
“I’m expecting another hard game but I think if we are on song we’ll get a result because when we are playing well we feel that we can beat anyone in this division. The league is obviously our priority and things are going well. We are up to second and we’ve only lost two in the last eleven but we are not getting carried away because we realise that we’ve not even reached the halfway stage of the season.
“The good thing, as I said earlier in the season, is that I think we’ll get better as a team the more games we play together. We are playing some good football but even when we aren’t playing particularly well, we are still solid and still capable of creating chances and winning games.
“As well as hoping to continue to do well in the league we’d also like a bit of a cup run and we’ll be striving to get through on Saturday and hopefully be paired against the sort of side you dream of playing when you are coming up through the ranks.
“If we were to draw a really big club it would obviously be great for the club financially and it would also show us as a team how well we are doing.
“We’ll not be treating Oldham lightly even though we are unbeaten away from home at this level for two months.
“Obviously a draw would be a better result than a defeat but we could do without a replay as we’ve already played a lot of games and we also have a midweek game away at Crewe in the JP Trophy next week and hopefully there will be more games in that competition.”