Doncaster Rovers: Bennett sees red on Bradford debut

Bradford City's Kyle Bennett is red carded. Photo by Dave Howarth/CameraSport Football
Bradford City's Kyle Bennett is red carded. Photo by Dave Howarth/CameraSport Football
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On loan winger Kyle Bennett had a Bradford City debut to forget after being sent off following an on-field tussle - however the Bantams look set to appeal the punishment.

The Doncaster Rovers midfielder, on loan until the end of the season, was involved in a double sending-off alongside Preston midfielder Neil Kilkenny after just 25 minutes of last night’s goalless draw at Valley Parade.

However, City boss Phil Parkinson and his opposite number Simon Grayson believed referee Stuart Attwell was too hasty in sending them packing.

It is likely the Bantams will appeal to get Bennett’s three-game ban reduced because of the lack of force involved in the scuffle.

Parkinson told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: “Stuart Attwell is a ref who came into the Premier League with a great fanfare. We’ve had him before and he’s always refereed well.

“But I thought he could have used his common sense. Two of the most technical players on the pitch got brought off and it looked innocuous to me.

“If they did raise their hands, then he’ll say technically he was right. But for me refereeing is about common sense and that’s got to prevail.

“Benno started the game really bright. He’s a terrific talent and a player I was excited to see. I knew our supporters would warm to him because he has real ability – but unfortunately it was not to be.”

Grayson added: “The ref could have given himself a bit more breathing space and thought longer about it. Yellow cards for both players would have been a fair outcome.”