Minus Eleven and Counting
16 August 2008 3.00pm
Rotherham United got their own back on Morecambe for the 5-1 defeat last season by going to Christie Park today and winning 3-1.
Two goals from summer signing Mark Lynch with a goal in the middle from Ryan Taylor was enough to see the Millers take home three points and knock off another three from their minus tally in the League.
Lynch opened the scoring in eight minutes when his left foot shot curled in, leaving the home 'keeper, Barry Roche sprawling, as it hit the top corner of the net. Morecambe should perhaps have equalised straight away but although Neil Wainwright's shot went over Andy Warrington, it also went just over the net. Five minutes before half-time, Reuben Reid found Mark Hudson who threaded the ball through to Ryan Taylor who sent the ball crashing past a helpless Rhodes into the bottom of the net.
The home side came out the better in the second half and the Millers defence had to stand tall at times although it was a Reid shot that was saved low by Roche. Morecambe's Danny Adams took a free kick that was just too high for Jim Bentley to get his head too before Matt Blinkhorn was sent clear on goal only for Andy Warrington to make a terrific save low down and then save again from Blinkhorn from the re-bound. The home side had a flurry of corners and Garry Hunter volleyed a shot wide and their pressure paid off in the seventy-eighth minute when Curtis swung in a shot that found Wainwright on the back post and he put it in the back of the net. Reid should have got the Millers third just before the end, when having a lot of space in the box, he headed over the ba but in injury time, Lynch found himself forward, and scored an identical goal to his first but this time in front of the travelling Millers fans.
Mark Robins will certainly be the happier of the two managers tonight - not least as he sees the points deficit shortening with each game.