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Archer commends defensive display after Blackburn clean sheet

Lions' stopper plays starring role in stalemate at Ewood Park

11 August 2018

Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer has spoken highly of the manner in which the team defended in Saturday afternoon’s goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers.

After a dominant first half in which The Lions struck the post twice alongside several further chances, Archer pulled off a string of top saves as Rovers increased the pressure in the second 45 minutes at Ewood Park.

“Every game in The Championship is going to be tough,” Archer says.

“Blackburn have the momentum of just getting promoted so we knew it would be a hard game.

“In the second half, we maybe sat off and gave them a bit too much respect but in the end we managed to get a good point.”

Archer is particularly pleased with the defensive discipline of the squad, and the way they worked together to grind out the clean sheet as the Lancashire side began to gain momentum.

“The back four were fantastic, but it’s not just the back four – we defend as a team and everyone runs their socks off, which is important as this is a tough place to come.

“I thought we were very unlucky not to go ahead in the first half, hitting the post twice, and the momentum of the game kept on swinging.

“In the second half, they had a few chances, but to keep them out is what I’m here for to help the team.”

The 25-year-old is part of a group of Lions stoppers who have been working with new goalkeeping coach Lee Turner since the summer, and is pleased with his work with Turner so far and his teammates between the sticks in training.

“[Lee] has been fantastic. He’s brought fresh ideas, and I’ve started the season in the best shape I’ve ever been in.

“Ben [Amos] has come in and worked hard, David Martin and Ryan Sandford are good goalkeepers as well, so we have a good group who work really hard every day in training.”

Archer’s first-choice berth for Millwall has enabled him to earn his first international cap for Scotland, which he gained in the off-season.

The goalkeeper acknowledges that while it is flattering to be picked for his national side, he is currently solely concentrated on his club form.

“It’s nice to get recognition on the international scene, but my main focus right now is on Millwall,” Archer said.

“We’ve come off the back of a good season, and we’re now trying hard to replicate last year’s success.

“We’ve got strength in depth, with some of the lads we have who weren’t in the 18-man squad today. Everyone’s itching to play, so we have two massive home games [against Gillingham and Derby County] coming up.”

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