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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 6,437) 16th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Port Vale Port Vale

Doncaster 1

K Bennett (74)
H Forrester (S/O 79)

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Port Vale 3

B Williamson (27)
T Pope (39)
C Dickinson (41)

Port Vale see off Doncaster

Last Updated: 16/08/14 7:17pm

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Tom Pope: Amongst the goals

Tom Pope: Amongst the goals

Doncaster had star man Harry Forrester controversially sent off as they slumped to a 3 -1 defeat against impressive Port Vale.

Vale chalked up a 6-2 cup victory over Hartlepool in midweek and were in fine form again as they finished worthy winners.

But the home side seemed unfortunate to be reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute when Forrester was dismissed after accidentally kicking Sam Johnson in the face as he tried to shoot after rounding the keeper, who had dived at his feet.

By then the game was over as a contest. Vale had soaked up early pressure from the home side to hit back with three goals before the interval.

Ben Williamson added to his midweek hat-trick when he headed home in opportunist style after Jed Steer had done well to tip out a goal-bound effort from Chris Lines.

Tom Pope scored for the third game in a row to make it 2-0 with a superb angled shot, which went in off the far post in the 39th minute and Carl Dickinson hammered home the third a couple of minutes later following a corner.

Substitute Kyle Bennett pulled one back with a looping 25-yarder 15 minutes from time but Rovers never looked like hauling back the deficit.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4