Doncaster Rovers were able to beat Bradford City in a thriller Yorkshire derby so they could progress into the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.
Doncaster had a very dull return to Sky Bet League One after they drew 0-0 with Gillingham on the opening day of the season. Bradford however were able to banish the demons of losing the League One play-off final last year and beat Blackpool 2-1, so they would have hoped to be the favourites going into this match.
However the Bantams were shown that probably wouldn’t be the case fairly early on. After a decent cross, John Marquis was able to shoot but it was straight at Colin Doyle who had no issue getting it into his hands. However he wasn’t able to keep hold of it and Alfie May showed his predatory instincts to poke the ball home.
Bradford did however get one back before the end of the first half. The West Yorkshire side showed that they are a good footballing side with some solid play down the right hand side. This opened the game up and Dominic Poleon was given a chance inside the box, one he duly took to level the game up.
In the second half though, Bradford’s chances of winning went harshly down. Romain Vincelot’s challenge on May was seen as too harsh and was shown a straight red for his worries. Doncaster would soon take advantage of this. Rodney Kongolo’s first shot may have been saved by Doyle, but he was quickest to respond to give Rovers the lead.
Bradford didn’t go down without a fight though and did equalise. Doncaster were unable to clear a corner and when the ball found its way to Alex Jones, he had no issue in slotting the ball into the bottom corner. This wasn’t enough though as when Tommy Rowe was forced to pass the ball after good defending by Bradford, it went to Ben Whiteman who simply hit it home for the winner.
Doncaster are now in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup but have a match with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to think about before that. Bradford will hope to get their second league win of the season when they face Gillingham on Saturday.