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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 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15