Morecambe 3-3 Rotherham

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MORECAMBE let slip a 3-0 lead as their poor home form came back to haunt them at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps were cruising to victory when they scored three goals in the first 36 minutes but then it all went wrong as they allowed the visitors back into the game and had to settle for a disappointing point.

The night started well for Morecambe who took the lead in only the second minute. Garry Hunter crossed from the left and Gary McDonald raced on to the ball to fire past Andy Warrington at his near post.

The pressure continued with Danny Carlton forcing Warrington into a good save low to his left with a snapshot from the edge of the area before the Millers threatened when Gareth Evans tested Barry Roche with a 20 yard drive and Lewis Grabban drilled a shot inches wide from the right hand side of the box.

But the Shrimps hit back and added a second just before the half hour from the penalty sport. Warrington bundled over Lewis Alessandra in the box and Laurence Wilson made no mistake from the spot.

Wilson scored from the spot for a second time on 36 minutes after John Harley brought down Jason Price to make it 3-0 with Harley only receiving a yellow when he he should have been sent off.

The turning point of the game came two minutes later when Rotherham were awarded a spot kick of their own when Lewis Grabban scored the third penalty of the evening after Garry Hunter brought down Alex Revell.

The second half belonged to the Millers who dominated from start to finish as Morecambe went to pieces.

Gareth Evans pulled a goal back on 58 minutes with a sweet left foot strike after latching on to Hunter’s poor pass and the excellent Revell levelled on 64 minutes with a fine header from Danny Harrison’s cross.

Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was forced to make excellent saves from Chris Holroyd and Danny Schofield and Stewart Drummond produced a match saving block to deny Jason Taylor who looked set to give Rotherham an unlikely late victory.

Morecambe: Roche; Haining, McCready, Fenton, Wilson; Drummond, Hunter (Fleming 68), McDonald; Alessandra (Reid 83), Price (Ellison 68), Carlton. Subs not used: Routledge (GK), Charnock.

Booked: Fenton.

Rotherham: Warrington, Tonge, Harley, Mullins, Raynes; Harrison, Taylor, Schofield; Evans, Revell (Foster 77), Grabban (Holroyd 46). Subs not used: Logan, Marshall, Newey.

Booked: Warrington, Harley.

Ref: A Bates (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 2,417