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Archer: "I wanted to grab this chance with both hands"

Scotland stopper reflects on Bolton draw and working with fellow goalkeepers

26 November 2018

Jordan Archer says he looked to take his opportunity to return to the first team with "both hands" following a man-of-the-match performance against Bolton Wanderers at The Den on Saturday.

Archer pulled off a string of terrific saves throughout the game, keeping The Lions just one goal behind before a dominant second half paid off as Neil Harris' men equalised late on.

Last season's first-choice stopper was recalled to the starting XI by Harris against The Trotters, from whom Ben Amos is on loan and was consequently ineligible to play.

"It was good to be back in the team," Archer states.

"It's been three months now since my last first-team appearance so I enjoyed being back.

"I thought the boys dug in deep - our second-half display showed that we were unlucky not to pick up the three points."

The 25-year-old started between the sticks for the first time since August's visit to Rotherham United, and claims he has looked to make the most of his opportunity.

"I've kept my head down and worked hard over the last couple of months, waiting for my opportunity to get back into the side.

"I had to make sure that I was ready to grab my chance with both hands on Saturday and I feel I did that.

"With regards to the saves I made, I'm just happy to help the team in every way I can."

Archer praises Amos and fellow goalkeeper David Martin for their impact in training this season, and has complimented goalkeeping coach Lee Turner for the way he has worked with the group since arriving in the summer from Charlton Athletic.

"Ben has come in and been fantastic - he and Dave have come in and worked well every day. We have a really hard-working group here.

"LT [Turner] has come in this season and sharpened us up. Training has been very good and beneficial to us all. He looks at different things with us which can improve our games as individuals.

"I made a few mistakes last season which I'm putting behind me, but I went away and worked hard in the summer, came back in good shape and I'm now looking to kick on."

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