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Rovers 0 Bradford City 0 (4-1 on penalties)

8 September 2020

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Louis Jones was the hero for Doncaster, as Rovers secured a 4-1 penalty shootout victory in their first return to competitive action at Keepmoat Stadium since February.

Darren Moore fielded a strong line up for his sides clash with Bradford City in the EFL Trophy, with 21 year old academy graduate Jones, making his senior debut in goal.

In an uneventful first half Rovers dominated possession (66%) but neither side could manage a shot on target.  Both Rovers centre backs had half chances from corners, whilst Taylor came closest for Rovers, twice making cross field runs from the right, but with his shots being deflected.

Taylor continued to threaten the most early in the second half, running directly at the Bradford defence on several occasions, his best chance coming just shy of the hour mark as he broke into the Bradford penalty area before shooting just wide.

Rovers came closest to breaking the deadlock on 74 minutes, Gomes striking a well-aimed shot from outside the box, Fejiri Okenabirhie forcing a double save from the Bradford goalkeeper, Hornby, with the rebound.

With minutes to spare, Doncaster almost twice claimed the victory in normal time with two attacks down the left hand side, James Coppinger  first squaring a low ball across the six yard box which just evaded Okenabirhie, whilst Ben Whiteman then shot over the bar in stoppage time, following good build up work from Cameron John.

With the game 0-0 after 90 minutes, the tie and winner of the bonus point was determined by a penalty shoot-out.  Whiteman, Kurtis Guthrie and Okenabirhie all scored with the first three penalties before Jones became the hero of the night with a good save low to his left from Harry Pritchard.  James Coppinger then doubled Rovers advantage as Jackson Longridge hit his penalty against the underside of the bar.  Ed Williams sealed 4-1 victory with Rovers 4th penalty kick.

 


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