Bradford City secured their sixth consecutive victory, triumphing 3-1 over Doncaster Rovers at the Eco Power Stadium in their final match before Christmas.

The Bantams fell behind early in the game, but three polished finishes, including two from Andy Cook and one from Tyler Smith, earned Graham Alexander’s team the three points.

City had a potential early penalty shout just five minutes into the game when Smith went down in the box after receiving a Richie Smallwood through ball, but the referee dismissed the appeal.

Shortly thereafter, the home team took the lead. Harry Lewis lost possession on the near-side touchline, allowing Joe Ironside to steal the ball and curl it in from a tight angle.

However, Alexander’s side responded, and just before the half-hour mark, Cook levelled the score. A well-placed corner from Jamie Walker to the far post found Cook’s head, and he powered the ball through a crowd of defenders to score.

City ensured a 2-1 lead at halftime as Smith reached double figures for the season in spectacular fashion. In the 43rd minute, following excellent hold-up play and a threaded through ball from Cook, Smith opened up his body and bent a shot from just inside the box into the far top corner.

The Bantams maintained their momentum in the second half, coming close to a third goal just after the hour mark. Jamie Walker stole the ball from Tommy Rowe, but his low shot rolled just wide of the post.

Doncaster remained a threat and pressed for an equalizer. Ciarán Kelly was called into action as Ironside was played in behind, but a superb last-ditch challenge prevented a goal.

City sealed the victory and ensured the three points with another goal from Cook with five minutes of normal time remaining. A well-executed move saw Brad Halliday feed Tyler Smith, whose reverse ball found Alex Gilliead in space on the right-hand side. His precise cut-back located the unmarked No.9, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Cook celebrated in front of the packed away end, comprising over 2,800 Bantams, who received an early Christmas present as their team earned a well-deserved three points.