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David Forde: Keeping it clean

14 August 2014

Lions keeper looking for third successive clean sheet

David Forde heads to Championship new-boys Fulham this Saturday aiming to make it a hat-trick of wins - and clean sheets - for Millwall this season.

The Lions have picked up where they left off last season, with a 2-0 win against Leeds United and 1-0 victory over Wycombe extending the team's unbeaten run to 10 games in domestic competition.

Keeper Forde has started both matches, making key saves at critical stages to help Millwall get the new campaign up and running.

And he will be hoping the impressive defensive stat that has seen just one goal scored against The Lions in their last five Championship starts, is further improved on at Craven Cottage.

Millwall last conceded a goal four games ago at QPR when Charlie Austin scored from the penalty spot. However you have to go back to 8th April and Almen Abdi's 86th-minute strike for Watford in a 2-2 draw to find the last time Millwall let in a goal from open play - seven matches and 634 minutes ago!

"It was good to get another clean sheet against Wycombe this week," Forde told "It was an efficient win for us; we stood up to a big test as they came out and were up for it.

"There is a great sense of pride at the moment and we want to keep that going. To have an unbeaten run like this gives us a great boost.

"We are all looking forward to going to Fulham. They'll be in for a bit of a shock because we will be taking about 4,000 fans.

"I played at Craven Cottage a couple of months ago for the Republic of Ireland against Italy and the ground was packed. It's one of the few old school venues left, it's got a bit of history about it and the playing surface was top drawer. It's a lovely ground.

"It's always good to put yourself up against an ex-Premier League side. If our fans haven't been somewhere for a few years the excitement builds, and it is for this weekend. There is a real togetherness with this group of players too and you can feel the energy building.

"Fulham will also know all about our fans on Saturday when they get into full voice, I'm sure of that!"

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