Rotherham United v Morecambe: Freddie Lapado at the double for yet another Millers win

Leaders Rotherham strengthened their promotion push in Sky Bet League One with a 2-0 win over managerless Morecambe.

A first-half brace from striker Freddie Ladapo did the damage as the Millers stayed in top spot and nine points clear of third place.

It took the home side just four minutes to go ahead, Ollie Rathbone chipped the ball into Ladapo, who controlled on his chest and blasted by Trevor Carson.

Morecambe, led by caretaker Barry Roche following Stephen Robinson’s departure to St Mirren, threatened with their dangerman Cole Stockton producing a diving save out of Josh Vickers with a well-hit volley.

Rotherham United'ss Freddie Ladapo (third left) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game against Morecambe. Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.

Rotherham were an inch away from a second when Michael Ihiekwe’s flicked header bounced back off the crossbar.

Ladapo struck again for Rotherham’s second on 30 minutes with the striker helping a slick through ball from Dan Barlaser beyond Carson.

Stockton blazed a huge chance over the bar from close-range early in the second half but the visitors kept pushing to get back into the game.

Ryan Cooney almost got a goal back in stoppage-time but his effort crashed off the post and back into Vickers’ grasp.

Millers boss Paul Warne said afterwards: “I've given the lads some home truths in there which they have taken on board.

"It's easy to be a bit more critical when you win.

"I'm sounding greedy but you always feel you need that third goal but I thought in fairness to the opposition it could have been the hardest game we've had at home all season.”