Morecambe 0 Rotherham United 0: Play-off duo again look to be likely contenders

FOR A goalless draw this was quite a game, particularly a thrilling second half which could have gone either way.

These clubs finished fourth and fifth last season, both suffering play-off agony, but showed enough here to suggest they could be contenders again.

"I thought we had enough chances to have won it but then Morecambe had some, too," said Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore.

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Le Fondre's effort, a 30-yarder which hit the bar, came at the start of the second half.

In this first Football League game at Morecambe's new 6,500-capacity Globe Arena, Rotherham had the better of the first half with Le Fondre going close and midfielder Danny Harrison bringing a fine save from Barry Roche, who also denied Kevin Ellison late on.

The home side had their moments. Adam Rundle, who was on loan with Rotherham for a month last season, put a chance wide and Chris McCready's header hit a post.

Phil Jevons put a chance over before Rotherham striker Tom Elliott headed fractionally wide.

Morecambe: Roche; Moss, McCready, Parrish, Wilson; Scott; Shuker (Duffy 75), Stanley, Flemming (Hunter 88), Rundle; Jevons (Mullin 88). Unused substitutes: Walker, Spencer, Drummond, Haining.

Rotherham United: Warrington; Holden, Geohaghon, Cresswell, Newey; Law, Harrison, Taylor, Ellison; Le Fondre, Elliott (Marshall 82). Unused substitutes: Green, Brogan, Ashworth, Bradley, Warne, Annerson.

Referee: D Webb (Tyne & Wear).

Man of the match: Tom Newey.