CHARLIE WYKE made a goal-scoring return for Bradford City as they gained revenge for their League Cup home defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
Central defender Nat Knight-Percival also headed home before the break as City recovered from defeat to Fleetwood to stay in the top six. A second defeat of the week, however, left Rovers deep in trouble.
City restored Wyke to the starting line-up after resting the striker, on his way back from calf trouble, in midweek. Nicky Law was dropped to the bench as Paul Taylor was given his first start.
Marko Marosi came in for injured goalkeeper Ian Lawlor for the visitors, who were also without Matty Blair.
After Rovers had made the brighter start, it did not take Wyke long to make an impact, heading home unmarked from inside the six-yard area after left-back Adam Chicksen cut inside and crossed in the 18th minute.
City thought they had made it 2-0 soon after when they scrambled the ball home but Marosi had been impeded as he spilled a header from Matthew Kilgallon at a corner.
Rovers were denied a penalty when John Marquis got in behind Knight-Percival but the defender was deemed not to have impeded the striker as he went down.
Shortly before the break, however, Knight-Percival’s powerful header from McMahon’s corner made it 2-0 as the ball flew past bodies inside the six-yard area.
First Rovers’ Alfie May and then Dominic Poleon were denied by the respective goalkeepers at the start of the second half.
Rovers pressure built before City introduced Law and Omari Patrick for Taylor and Poleon.
James Coppinger came on for Rovers but the closest they came was when Tommy Rowe’s goalbound header was chested away by Alex Gilliead.
Verdict: City’s confidence will have been restored by this Yorkshire derby win after a game which showed the importance of having a fit Charlie Wyke available.
Rovers, however, should not be too disheartened as they enjoyed spells of dominance without possessing a finishing threat.
Bradford: Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Gilliead, Vincelot, Reeves, Taylor, Poleon, Wyke. Subs: Thompson, Law, Field, Hendrie, Jones, Raeder, Patrick.
Doncaster: Marosi, Mason, Butler, Wright, Toffolo, Houghton, Kongolo, Whiteman, Rowe, May, Marquis. Subs: Alcock, Williams, Mandeville, Garrett, Coppinger, Ben Khemis, Jones.
Referee: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria)