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Archer gets ringing endorsement from Lions legend Tony Warner

20 June 2016

Former Den favourite full of praise for Millwall keeper Jordan

Tony Warner made over 225 appearances for Millwall between 1999 and 2004, so when it comes to knowing what it takes to be a No.1 goalkeeper at The Den, he is talking from experience.

And talk is exactly what Tony, fondly nicknamed 'Denzil' by Lions fans during his five-year stint at the club, has done this week in an interview with the South London Press.

Speaking about current incumbent Jordan Archer, he revealed that he has watched the young Lion in action first hand during the 2015/16 campaign - and been impressed with what he has seen.

"He's a really good keeper," said the former Millwall shot-stopper, who has coached keepers at Blackpool, Accrington Stanley and Indian Super League side NorthEast United.

"I was really impressed with him. I had seen his headed clearance from Mark Beevers' backpass on TV - I had not seen anything like it since René Higuita of Columbia did that back-flip clearance at Wembley.

"But Jordan also looked mature beyond his years. He commands his area well. He came off his line quite a lot against Bradford (in the first Play-Off game) to collect crosses.

"Opponents clattered him a few times for his trouble, but he held onto the ball. It was good to see he is confident coming to gather it.

"His kick is good and so is his punch. His reflexes are really good - he is an accomplished shot-stopper and comes out to block at the right time.

"I can't really fault him on what I've seen, to be honest. But he is not the finished article.

"The final was not his best game. Sometimes that happens.

"Even though it was really only his first stint as first choice, he seemed to enjoy being part of the team and is enjoying it. He has really grasped the nettle."

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