MATCH REPORT: Morecambe 3 Rotherham United 3

Start of the comeback: Alex Revell is sent tumbling to earn Rotherham a penalty.              Pictures: paul wickson
Start of the comeback: Alex Revell is sent tumbling to earn Rotherham a penalty. Pictures: paul wickson
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ROTHERHAM United staged a remarkable comeback that had heads spinning at the Globe Arena last night.

They were 3-0 down after 35 minutes and looked on the way to a demoralising defeat.

Lewis Grabban converts to equalise for the Millers, below,  at Morecambe last night.              Pictures: paul wickson

Lewis Grabban converts to equalise for the Millers, below, at Morecambe last night. Pictures: paul wickson

But they quickly threw themselves a lifeline when Lewis Grabban pulled one back from the penalty spot and then staged a splendid turnaround with a rampant attacking display in the second half.

They turned the tables completely on the Shrimpers and after Gareth Evans gave the Millers hope with a second goal an equaliser looked inevitable.

It came from Alex Revell and what a wonderful finish it was, a superbly timed effort on the volley before he celebrated in front of the Millers fans with a cradling motion - a goal for his son Arthur, born on Saturday with dad missing the Shrewsbury game to be at the birth.

It meant the Millers have now gone nine without a win in all competitions but the nature of this comeback will do no harm to their confidence and will indicate they can pull out of this run.

Andy Scott’s side have had their problems with the concession of early goals in recent matches. They avoided one on Saturday but lasted only until the third minute here.

Morecambe flooded forward ending with Hunter putting in a low ball from the left and McDonald stole in at the near post to turn it home.

The home side’s fluid formation and movement had Rotherham troubled again within minutes.

It needed a fine intervention by Revell close to goal before Carlton’s follow up forced a sharp save from Warrington.

Rotherham then had their own attacking moments.

Evans cut in and a fierce effort had Roche going full length before a splendid move took in Revell, Harrison, Taylor and Schofield who slid a pass through for Grabban but he fired the chance wide of the far post.

Then came the double blow of conceding two penalties.

The first, on 27 minutes, came when Hunter sent a header beyond the defence and Alessandra just got there ahead of Warrington who collided with him as the striker headed on.

Wilson struck home the penalty and was doing so to the same corner eight minutes later after Harley brought down Price.

It looked desperate indeed but, fortunately, the Millers quickly got one back when Revell was brought down. Grabban sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot, his eighth strike of the season.

Revell was halted eight yards out but the half almost ended with a “rubbing salt in” moment.

Ex-Miller Fenton - who earlier saw a header saved - hooked a volley from a corner a whisker over the top.

Holroyd went on for Grabban at half-time and he was a really lively presence. He twice provoked danger, firing just over on the turn and then forcing a fine save from Roche with a solo effort.

Then, with Rotherham rampant, they made it 3-2 on 58 minutes when Harrison intercepted Hunter’s pass, found Evans and he strode forward and drove a fine shot from the corner of the area into the far side of the net.

It was all Rotherham now, Morecambe were on rack and on 64 minutes came Revell’s superb finish for the equaliser - a lovely volley, superbly timed as he moved onto Harrison’s centre.

It had been a remarkable turnaround and Rotherham hunted the winner.

Revell headed over the top and only a great tackle eight yards out by Drummond prevented Taylor bagging the winner with 10 minutes left which would have capped a thrilling comeback.

MORECAMBE: Roche, Haining, McCready, Fenton, Wilson; Drummond; Hunter (Fleming 68), McDonald; Carlton, Price (Ellison 68),Alessandra (Reid 82). Subs: Routledge, Charnock.

ROTHERHAM UTD: Warrington, Tonge, Raynes, Mullins, Harley; Grabban (Holroyd ht), Harrison, Taylor, Evans; Schofield; Revell (Foster 77). Subs: Logan, Newey, Marshall.

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffs).

Goals: McDonald (3), Wilson (27 pen, 35 pen) for Morecambe; Grabban (37 pen), Evans (58), Revell (64) for

Rotherham.

Attendance: 2,417.