Franck hoping for a winning start

Vital saves: Neil Sullivan
Vital saves: Neil Sullivan
Share this article
Have your say

LEICESTER City midfielder Franck Moussa is hoping that it will be a case of third time lucky on his home debut for Doncaster Rovers in tomorrow’s game against Watford.

The Belgian, recommended to Rovers by team-mate and former Keepmoat Stadium favourite Richie Wellens, has so far featured in a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Swansea at a battling 1-1 draw at Norwich.

Keepmoat baptism: Frank Moussa excelled in the fine performance at Norwich. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA

Keepmoat baptism: Frank Moussa excelled in the fine performance at Norwich. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA

Moussa only had one light training session with his new team-mates prior to last Saturday’s game at the Liberty Stadium where he had little opportunity to make an impact.

But it was a different story at Carrow Road on Tuesday, where he excelled playing a more attacking role with Jason Euell, also playing only his second game in Rovers’ colours.

“With me being a midfielder it was good to have good professionals around me and Jason fits into that category,” said Moussa.

“He’s been around and played at the top level so it was great to have him around and I hopefully learnt a few things from him.”

Both men played their part in securing Rovers a surprise, though welcome, 1-1 draw against the on-song Canaries.

“The keyword on Tuesday was organisation,” said the 21 year-old year-old who has found his first-team opportunities limited to just two starts at the Walkers Stadium this season,

“The manager wanted us to be solid and to compete for every ball and every challenge.

“Hopefully the result at Norwich will give us some momentum and that we can build on it and pick up some more points (in the forthcoming games).

“I’m not sure what the situation is at Watford, but I know that we need points so I’m sure that we are going to be ready for them and we’ll be trying to get all three points.

“But every game in the Championship is a tough game and there is something to play for in every game.”

Whereas Moussa will be making his debut at the Keepmoat Stadium, there will be the familiar figure of Neil Sullivan in goal.

Sullivan, who celebrated his 41st birthday yesterday, missed out on the last two home games - the first he has missed through injury during his time at the club.

Sullivan, who returned to action at Swansea, was one of the stars of the game at Norwich, producing several vital saves.

Said Sullivan: “Although we went behind we didn’t give up and kept trying. We had a game-plan, and we stuck to it, and got a result against a good side a long way from home.

“It showed that we want to try and win every game and try and get a positive result. The group of lads we’ve got never give in.

“We are very analytical on how we play and what we can do better,

“You wouldn’t know the kind of run we’d been on the way we played against a top side and that is credit to us.”