Rovers’ defender hoping for a change in fortunes against Hammers

Mustapha Dumbuya
Mustapha Dumbuya
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BY any yardstick it has not been the best of weeks for Doncaster Rovers’ star Mustapha Dumbuya.

On the losing side in the club’s opening Championship game of the season at Brighton, both he and members of his family came close to being a victim of the London riots earlier this week.

The London-born defender decided to go back home for the weekend rather than travel back to Doncaster on the team coach.

Not only did his Tottenham flat narrowly escape being damaged, but his mother was also advised to move to a safer location.

He then contracted a virus which ruled him out of Tuesday’s Carling Cup first round tie against Tranmere.

The right-back resumed training on Thursday and is expected to line-up against West Ham United at the Keepmoat Stadium today and hopes to end the week on a happier note.

“West Ham are a Premiership club with a lot of history and tradition so it is a bit of a surprise to see them down in the Championship,” he said.

“I think that they’ll do well and I don’t think that they will be looking to stay in this league for long.

“They’ve lost one or two key players but they have also managed to keep some of their big names, which is important if a team is serious about bouncing straight back up, and they’re also added a few good players.

“It is our first home league game of the season and we are keen to get off to a winning start at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“We played last season’s League One champions in our first league game and now we are playing against a side relegated from the Premier Division and on Tuesday we are at home to Nottingham Forest who reached the play-offs last season.

“It’s a tough start, not least with the injuries we’ve picked up, but it should give us an indication of how we are going to do this season.”

Although Rovers are down on numbers due to injuries, Dumbuya still feels that Rovers have the quality in their squad to make an impact on the division.

He says that he has been impressed by the club’s summer signings including Kyle Bennett.

Dumbuya was generally regarded as being the fastest player on Rovers’ books last season , but Bennett, a former member of Telford AC, could challenge that.

“It’s good for me in training that we have someone else with pace,” said Dumbuya.

“It’s also good for the team that we’ve got a bit of pace because it is hard to defend against.”