EFL Cup - First Round
BradfordBradford City2DoncasterDoncaster Rovers3

Bradford City 2-3 Doncaster Rovers

Ben Whiteman scored an 87th-winner to give Doncaster victory over 10-man Bradford in an entertaining all-Yorkshire EFL Cup first-round tie.

Doncaster went ahead after eight minutes with a close-range shot from Alfie May after a mix-up in the Bradford defence.

John Marquis was tackled by Tony McMahon as he tried a shot, but the ball spun towards goal and, although Colin Doyle managed to save, he could only push the ball into the path of May who slotted home.

Bradford equalised in the 34th minute with a superb first goal for the club from Dominic Poleon, the 23-year-old firing home a right-foot shot after a surging run down the right by Omari Patrick.

The home side suffered a major setback in the 60th minute when they were reduced to 10 men as captain Romain Vincelot was sent off for a late tackle on May.

Doncaster took advantage by regaining the lead in the 71st minute through Rodney Kongolo, who netted at the second attempt after Doyle had saved the midfielder's first shot.

Bradford equalised for a second time in the 83rd minute when Paul Taylor's effort rebounded into the path of fellow substitute Alex Jones to fire into the net, but Whiteman had the last word four minutes later with a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 29McMahon
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6VincelotBooked at 61mins
  • 15FieldSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 8Dieng
  • 17GillieadSubstituted forKilgallonat 64'minutes
  • 4Reeves
  • 20Pybus
  • 11Poleon
  • 34PatrickSubstituted forJonesat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Kilgallon
  • 7Law
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 19Jones
  • 24Devine
  • 32Hudson

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 15WrightBooked at 72mins
  • 6Butler
  • 20GarrattSubstituted forBeestinat 67'minutes
  • 8Mason
  • 7KongoloSubstituted forAlcockat 79'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 12Whiteman
  • 3Andrew
  • 9Marquis
  • 19May

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 13Marosi
  • 21Longbottom
  • 22Beestin
  • 29Fielding
  • 30Fletcher
  • 32Prior
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,175

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 2, Doncaster Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 2, Doncaster Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Jake Reeves (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Paul Taylor (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 2, Doncaster Rovers 3. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Bradford City 2, Doncaster Rovers 2. Alex Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Danny Andrew.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alfie Beestin (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Craig Alcock replaces Rodney Kongolo because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Alex Jones replaces Omari Patrick.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Nicky Law (Bradford City) because of an injury.