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Harris praises 'Man of the Match' Archer in Blackburn draw

The manager's thoughts on Ewood stalemate...

11 August 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris was full of praise for goalkeeper Jordan Archer after Saturday's 0-0 Sky Bet Championship draw at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.

The Scot was in inspired form in Lancashire, making three crucial stops to keep The Lions' first clean sheet of the season.

George Saville and Steve Morison both hit the post at the other end as Millwall made it consecutive draws to begin the campaign.

"You get various ways of keeping a clean sheet," the boss said. "You deny opportunities, but if you do give them away then you need your goalkeeper - I thought he was excellent.

"I think it's right [to put him down as Man of the Match]. He was certainly our best player. There were no goals scored, so Jordan is Man of the Match for me, definitely. The two close-up saves were really good, because he's facing a good striker in Danny Graham."

The manager went on to state his pleasure at his sides' first-half performance, but bemoaned an inability to get going after the half-time break.

"I thought we were good for 40 minutes - no real problems. We used the ball wisely at times and looked productive. We hit the post twice and had a couple of shots go just wide and I thought once we got the first one it would be a real positive afternoon.

"We spoke about denying Blackburn opportunities at half-time and what we did in the first-half to deny them, but we came out and it went out of the window a little bit. Blackburn were a little bit better doing the basics in football than us - for whatever reason, certainly not through lack of effort from my players - 50/50 challenges didn't go our way.

"Blackburn played well in the second-half and we never really got going. When you're defending like you are then you need to rely on keeping the ball. The turnover in possession was too often and unlike us. When it's like that and it's not happening for you then you need to keep a clean sheet.

"A strong team and a strong dressing room get a point today. A weak mentality team who aren't quite at it - they get beat. So I'm really pleased with the dressing room mentality that we got a clean sheet when we weren't very good."

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