Torquay fought back from 3-1 down to secure a dramatic draw with high-flying Rotherham at Plainmoor.

Lewis Grabban fired in from close range to put the Millers ahead before Ryan Cresswell headed in Danny Schofield's corner to double the lead.

Billy Bodin reduced the deficit with a shot from the edge of the area before Grabban fired in his second.

Kevin Nicholson headed in before Rene Howe clipped the ball over Conrad Logan to complete Torquay's comeback.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"Too many times I say we have to come from behind.

"We looked threatening every time we went forward, but they looked threatening as well.

"I think they're the best team that's come here so far this season, but they've scored three goals that have been given to them too easily, where we've had to earn every single one of ours."

Rotherham boss Andy Scott told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We made some poor errors defensively and allowed a side who are always good going forward to get back in the game.

"It was an entertaining game certainly but it's not the sort of entertainment I enjoy too much especially being 3-1 up.

"We've had two tough away games, long journeys and the same team played both games, but we're so close to being an outstanding side, I think everyone can see that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 05 Robertson
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane Booked
  • 15 Bodin
  • 16 McPhee (Atieno - 75' )
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 04 Ellis
  • 11 Morris
  • 14 Macklin
  • 23 Atieno

Rotherham

  • 01 Logan
  • 02 Tonge
  • 03 Newey
  • 05 Cresswell (Brown - 77' )
  • 24 Raynes Booked
  • 04 Harrison
  • 07 Evans
  • 11 Schofield
  • 12 Marshall (Pringle - 64' )
  • 09 Revell
  • 23 Grabban

Substitutes

  • 21 Warrington
  • 22 Brown
  • 08 Taylor
  • 18 Pringle
  • 20 Holroyd
Ref: Collins
Att: 2,330

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

6 4

Corners

7 8

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:46

Alex Revell crosses the ball. Effort on goal by Gareth Evans from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +0:20

Effort on goal by Lewis Grabban from 25 yards. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

89:11

Effort from inside the penalty area by Billy Bodin strikes the post. Lewis Grabban takes a shot.

88:51

The ball is swung over by Gareth Evans.

86:14

The ball is sent over by Alex Revell, clearance by Joe Oastler.

85:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Danny Harrison. Conrad Logan restarts play with the free kick.

85:22

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Lewis Grabban goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

84:52

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Pringle. Free kick taken by Tom Newey.

84:20

Danny Harrison challenges Taiwo Atieno unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Saah.

83:21 Booking

Booking Eunan O'Kane is booked.

83:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Grabban by Eunan O'Kane. Conrad Logan takes the direct free kick.

82:48

Dale Tonge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin. Eunan O'Kane takes the direct free kick.

81:07

Foul by Danny Schofield on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

80:26

Lewis Grabban sends in a cross, Ben Pringle has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

79:15

Damon Lathrope concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Harrison. Direct free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

78:23

The ball is sent over by Taiwo Atieno, clearance by Gareth Evans. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Michael Raynes. Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Raynes.

77:40

Shot by Danny Harrison went over the net.

77:31

The ball is swung over by Ben Pringle, Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance.

76:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Schofield, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Troy Brown replaces Ryan Cresswell.

76:12

Ben Pringle delivers the ball, blocked by Joe Oastler.

75:42

Unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane by Ben Pringle results in a free kick. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

74:22 Substitution

Substitution Chris McPhee goes off and Taiwo Atieno comes on.

73:56

Gareth Evans crosses the ball, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

73:07

The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle.

72:09

Gareth Evans crosses the ball, Lewis Grabban produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

69:18

Eunan O'Kane takes the direct free kick.

69:18 Booking

Booking Michael Raynes receives a yellow card.

67:52

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Pringle, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Tom Newey, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Billy Bodin by Michael Raynes results in a free kick.

66:52

Billy Bodin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Schofield. Free kick taken by Tom Newey. Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line to the near post, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

66:09

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Dale Tonge. Conrad Logan takes the direct free kick.

65:12

The ball is sent over by Rene Howe, blocked by Ryan Cresswell. Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, Alex Revell makes a clearance.

63:28

Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

63:28 Substitution

Substitution Ben Pringle comes on in place of Marcus Marshall.

63:28

The ball is crossed by Danny Harrison, Billy Bodin concedes a free kick for a foul on Dale Tonge.

62:41

A cross is delivered by Marcus Marshall, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

60:08

The ball is swung over by Rene Howe.

60:01

Chris McPhee sends in a cross.

59:04

Kevin Nicholson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

58:46

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans, save by Robert Olejnik.

58:00

Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball, save made by Conrad Logan.

56:52

Foul by Michael Raynes on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

56:05

Kevin Nicholson takes a shot.

54:14

Lewis Grabban produces a cross, blocked by Brian Saah. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Schofield.

52:18

The ball is sent over by Kevin Nicholson, Header by Alex Revell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

51:15

Alex Revell crosses the ball, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

50:20

Dale Tonge sends in a cross. The ball is sent over by Tom Newey.

49:48

Marcus Marshall sends in a cross, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

49:17

The ball is sent over by Chris McPhee, save made by Conrad Logan.

48:26

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Schofield from the right by-line, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

46:59

The assist for the goal came from Kevin Nicholson.

46:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 3 - 3 Rotherham Goal scored by Rene Howe from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Torquay 3-3 Rotherham.

46:03

The offside flag is raised against Lewis Grabban. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

45:33

The ball is delivered by Chris McPhee, Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Save by Conrad Logan.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:25

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Clearance by Alex Revell. Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Conrad Logan makes a save.

45:00 +0:29

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Cresswell. Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

44:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Robertson on Danny Harrison. Free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

43:56

Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Newey.

43:48

Eunan O'Kane delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Newey.

41:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Nicholson - Torquay 2 - 3 Rotherham Kevin Nicholson grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Torquay 2-3 Rotherham.

39:17

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Schofield. Tom Newey takes the free kick. Lee Mansell produces a cross, Michael Raynes takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik. Kevin Nicholson takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Robertson.

38:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mansell on Lewis Grabban. Danny Schofield takes the direct free kick. The ball is crossed by Tom Newey, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

35:24

Centre by Gareth Evans, clearance by Lee Mansell.

34:51

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Marshall. Tom Newey takes the direct free kick.

33:25

Gareth Evans provided the assist for the goal.

33:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Grabban - Torquay 1 - 3 Rotherham Lewis Grabban gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Torquay 1-3 Rotherham.

33:25

Gareth Evans sends in a cross,

31:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Mansell. Free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

30:36

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball, Michael Raynes makes a clearance.

29:28

Alex Revell crosses the ball, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

28:32

The official flags Chris McPhee offside. Conrad Logan takes the free kick.

27:42

Billy Bodin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

24:22

Gareth Evans produces a cross, save by Robert Olejnik.

23:52

Tom Newey sends in a cross, clearance by Joe Oastler.

22:39

Dale Tonge sends in a cross, clearance by Damon Lathrope.

21:56

Kevin Nicholson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Marshall. Direct free kick taken by Dale Tonge.

21:14

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Danny Schofield results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

20:01

Gareth Evans crosses the ball, save by Robert Olejnik.

17:39

Centre by Gareth Evans.

16:37

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane. Shot from just outside the area by Damon Lathrope goes over the bar.

15:14

Gareth Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

13:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Danny Harrison. Free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

13:17

Marcus Marshall crosses the ball, Joe Oastler makes a clearance.

12:40

Ryan Cresswell is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

12:07

Eunan O'Kane challenges Danny Harrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Newey takes the direct free kick.

10:03

Eunan O'Kane provided the assist for the goal.

10:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Bodin - Torquay 1 - 2 Rotherham Billy Bodin fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 1-2 Rotherham.

9:38

Tom Newey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

8:31

The assist for the goal came from Danny Schofield.

8:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Cresswell - Torquay 0 - 2 Rotherham Ryan Cresswell grabs a headed goal from close in. Torquay 0-2 Rotherham.

7:26

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Schofield, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Schofield,

4:38

Marcus Marshall delivers the ball, Joe Oastler makes a clearance. Danny Schofield takes the outswinging corner, Michael Raynes has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.

2:28

Assist by Gareth Evans.

2:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Grabban - Torquay 0 - 1 Rotherham Lewis Grabban gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Rotherham.

1:16

Alex Revell takes a shot.

0:00

The match begins.

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