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Archer: “We have to keep winning and picking up points”

Goalkeeper says it is crucial to continue to move away from bottom three

10 January 2019

Jordan Archer says it is important to keep earning points in the Sky Bet Championship and to continue the positive vein of form which has seen Millwall move clear of the drop zone.

The Lions take on Blackburn Rovers next in the League on Saturday evening, and Archer states the game cannot be underestimated.

“Blackburn is another massive game,” the goalkeeper told millwallfc.co.uk.

“We’ve come off the back of four wins, which has helped put a gap between us and the bottom three. But we have to keep on winning and picking up points, because in this division you can easily get dragged back in after losing a couple of games.”

Archer claims the mood around Calmont Road has been fantastic, and that the squad are fully prepared to take on Tony Mowbray’s side at the weekend.

“There’s a nice buzz about the camp at the moment.

“As I’ve said previously, we’ve been unlucky not to have been able to pick up enough points in the first half of the season, but now the boys are looking sharp and we’re prepared to hopefully get three points on Saturday.”

The 25-year-old is also relishing the chance to take on Everton in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup at the end of this month after dispatching Hull City last weekend with two late Shane Ferguson stunners.

“The whole game itself against Hull was tough, because they came on the back of a great run.

“But Fergie [Shane Ferguson] came on and changed the game for us. We’ve got players in this squad who can do that, and we’ll look forward to the next round against Everton.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in ties at The Den against Premier League sides in the past, and we’ve been able to turn them over. It’s always a great atmosphere – the fans come out in their numbers, and to face a side like Everton is a game I’m really looking forward to.”

Archer is also pleased with the return of Millwall’s quartet of loan players, alongside the arrival of Alex Pearce to The Den.

“Pearcey’s come in with good experience, and he’s a great lad. He’s really vocal on the pitch, and he’ll be a great addition to the back line.

“The loan boys coming back has been fantastic, seeing them again. They’ve all done really well this season.

The goalkeeper wraps up by claiming clean sheets are the main priority among the squad for the rest of the season, and says the effort is there to improve the team’s defensive record following the turn of the year.

“First and foremost, we always go out there to try and get a clean sheet. A lot of the time, it hasn’t quite clicked, but we earned back-to-back clean sheets a few games ago, and we’re going to keep working hard on the training field to improve.”


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