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Archer on Cup run, clean sheets and turning focus back to League

Goalkeeper discusses recent defensive form and reaching Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Finals

19 February 2019

Jordan Archer has spoken of the lifted mood in the Millwall camp after progressing to the Emirates FA Cup last eight last weekend.

Having beaten AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at Kingsmeadow, The Lions will now meet Brighton & Hove Albion at The Den in next month’s Quarter-Final, and Archer has expressed his joy.

“The boys are buzzing at the moment after getting through in the Cup on Saturday,” the goalkeeper claims.

“It was good to get a bit of a distraction from the League, and it’s a great achievement for the boys to reach a second Quarter-Final in three years.

“Whilst I can’t really speak on past teams because I wasn’t here, we’ve really enjoyed competing in the Cup since I’ve been here and we’ve had a lot of home ties, with The Den being a place some of the big boys haven’t wanted to come.”

Last Saturday represented a third clean sheet in four games for Archer and The Lions, and the stopper has credited the team’s defensive capabilities and the way the squad have been coached by Neil Harris and the management staff.

“The clean sheets are what you strive for as a goalkeeper, it’s our main aim as part of our jobs. The defence in front of me have been first class, and the way the whole team defends.

“The gaffer works hard with us on our defensive shape, and when we do keep a clean sheet it gives us a great chance to look to win games.”

Heading back into the Sky Bet Championship as we visit Derby County this Wednesday night, Archer has commented on how the squad deal with the busy run of fixtures.

“As good as the FA Cup has been so far this season, the League is what’s most important. We’re not in the best of positions, so we have to look at every game as if it were a Final.

“The busy run is part and parcel of being a footballer. The Cup is fantastic like I say, but with it comes a backlog of games. It’s tough with all the midweek games, but the staff manage us well.

“With all the help of the sports science staff, the boys feel good.”

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