Mallik Wilks and James Coppinger
Here is how we rated the individual performances at Valley Parade.
Did not have a great deal to do but coped well with whatever was thrown his way and rarely looked troubled. Defended superbly throughout with his pace proving a valuable asset. Got forward well also and played a superb ball for the goal. A mammoth performance on his return to the side, heading everything away and clearing well. Easily won the battle with Bradfords Eoin Doyle Incredibly strong performance, unflappable under pressure and the calm head Rovers needed. He let very little get beyond him. Defending well to keep Bradford attacking down the middle but struggled for an impact in attacking play. Kept in his own half for much of the game. Busy in midfield but, barring a couple of excellent long balls, showed a lack of accuracy in more simple passing situations. Struggled to take control of the game and craft opportunities on a day when the midfield battle was lost. Brought composure when it was so desperately needed for Rovers. A steady hand. Not the strongest performance overall but showed his quality and ever growing confidence with the decisive goal. Rovers' best attacking outlet before his surprising withdrawal. Showed composure on the ball while others did not. Got drawn into unnecessary, tit for tat battles with Bradford defenders that could so easily have seen him sent off. Struggled for chances and seemed distracted by the dark arts. Made a tremendous contribution off the bench with his tireless running helping at both ends of the pitch. Struggled for the time on the ball he needs and relishes with the more direct approach not suiting him. Lacked his usual influence Came on to sit in front of the back four and helped keep Bradford at bay as they chased the game.