Bradford City vs Doncaster Rovers: LIVE updates as Bantams skipper tips Rovers for promotion push

Two of League Two’s most fancied teams go head-to-head this afternoon when Doncaster Rovers take on Bradford City.

Saturday, 30th July 2022, 7:26 pm

As many as 20,000 fans are expected at Valley Parade for the mouth-watering opening-day clash, which has been billed as ‘one the standout games of the season’.

Indeed, both sides would expect to be in the promotion mix at the end of the season. Today be the first test of their credentials.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Bradford captain Richie Smallwood said: “It is a massive fixture for the league.

Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers.

“It is two big clubs who should not really be in this division, and I think it is one of the standout games of the season. It will be one where we can put down a marker, which we want to do.

“We know they will be up there, so it would be nice to get a win.”

Doncaster will be backed by 2,000 travelling supporters in West Yorkshire.

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Bradford City vs Doncaster Rovers LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 30 July, 2022, 19:37

  • Doncaster haven’t won on the opening day since the 2018/19 season
  • Both sides tipped for promotion push - and each has tipped the other to compete this term
  • Rovers beginning life back in the fourth tier for the first time since the 2016/17 campaign

Recap on an incident-packed match, which included a red card at the final whistle:

Doncaster Rovers hold on for credible opening-day draw against Bradford City

Ten-man Doncaster Rovers held on for an impressive draw away to much-fancied Bradford City in an incident-packed match in front of a record League Two crowd.

Bradford fans unhappy about what they thought was a foul. Didn’t look like there was anything in it.

Big kick now, Jonny!

As Knoyle makes a brilliant sliding interception to halt a Bradford attack.

Not long left.

One last Bradford attack to come

McSheffrey is urging his players back.

They play it safe in the corner...and win another one!

Fourth tier record attendance

The stadium announcer has just informed us today’s attendance is a fourth-tier record.

Adam Long on for his debut in place of Harrison Biggins.

Six minutes added on

My nerves can’t take this.

Mitchell in the book

Looks like that was for time-wasting. Into the 89th minute.

Another corner...

19,368 including 1,971 Donny fans. It’s made for some atmosphere.

Five to go of normal time. Come on, Rovers!

Another Bradford switch

Andy Cook replaces Ryan East. This lot have got some firepower on their bench.

Tom Anderson on for Rovers in place of Kyle Hurst. Rovers trying to see this one out from here on in. Would be a great result.

Hurst booked for taking his time to leave the pitch.

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