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Rochdale 0-2 Bradford City

Bradford climbed up to fourth in League One as goals from Jason Kennedy and James Hanson sunk Rochdale.

The Bantams headed into the match buoyed by a 2-1 League Cup win over Championship Leeds but were frustrated at Spotland until the 60th minute.

It was former Rochdale midfielder Kennedy who opened the scoring, firing home a low volley from a knockdown.

Six minutes later, Hanson, who netted the winner against Leeds in midweek, headed in from an Alan Sheehan corner.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The game could have gone either way. When the game was at the breaking point, we conceded. It's as simple as that.

"Jason Kennedy's been absolutely marvellous for Rochdale and it looks as though he's started the season brightly for Bradford. I wish him all the best.

"We've got to stick to the plan, we've got to back ourselves, we've got to be brave and hopefully the corner will turn."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 22Logan
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 67'minutes
  • 33Kennedy
  • 24Allen
  • 5Eastham
  • 17Tanser
  • 3BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 14Hery
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forAndrewat 73'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forFenelonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 12Dawson
  • 19Donnelly
  • 21Musangu
  • 25Rose
  • 28Camps
  • 45Fenelon

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Darby
  • 3Meredith
  • 8Liddle
  • 23McArdle
  • 6Sheehan
  • 17Kennedy
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 28BennettSubstituted forMcLeanat 75'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 11KnottSubstituted forDolanat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 7McLean
  • 10Clarke
  • 12Williams
  • 14Yeates
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
4,758

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 0, Bradford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Bradford City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

  4. Post update

    Matthew Dolan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Booking

    Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

  7. Post update

    Matthew Dolan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Booking

    Matthew Dolan (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Dolan (Bradford City).

  11. Post update

    Shamir Fenelon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alan Sheehan (Bradford City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Matthew Dolan replaces Billy Knott.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Post update

    Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jason Kennedy (Bradford City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Aaron McLean replaces Mason Bennett.

  19. Post update

    Scott Tanser (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Bradford City).