Millwall boss pays tribute to David Forde for support role

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NEIL Harris was keen to praise David Forde for his role in helping his goalkeeping rival before Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe.

The Ireland international was dropped for the crunch fixture after conceding eight goals in the first three league games of the season.

His former understudy Jordan Archer didn’t look anything like a rookie making his league debut at Glanford Park, putting in a brilliant performance as the Lions battled to their first clean sheet in eight games.

The former Tottenham man made a number of key saves, and bookended his display by thwarting Paddy Madden from point-blank range in injury-time after denying him in a one-on-one just six minutes in.

Harris said Archer’s late intervention to prevent Madden winning the three points for Scunthorpe was his most impressive block, and felt the 22-year-old benefitted from some words of advice from Forde in the lead-up to the game.

“The one he tipped onto the bar in injury-time was a phenomenal save,” Harris enthused. “When you play against good teams with attacking purpose you need to throw your bodies on the line to defend.

“But then you also need a good performance from your goalkeeper and he was excellent. He has to do that again and again to be a top goalkeeper.

“I have to give a special mention to David Forde who helped prepare Jordan for the game, mentally and physically, and that showed his character and personality and who he is.”

The Millwall boss was also delighted with centre-back Sid Nelson, who went off in the second half after suffering a dead leg in the opening 45 minutes against Mark Robins’ side, but who should be fit for Saturday’s game at home to Chesterfield.

Harris said: “Sid is a leader. He is a 19-year-old who has captained the side already and he will captain the side in the future.

“He’s one of our top young players and he’s going to make mistakes at times, but I’ve got big belief and faith in him and he’s going to be a big part of this club in times to come.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

33 thoughts on “Millwall boss pays tribute to David Forde for support role

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:21
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    Well done forde. Like a true pro. A new keeper challenging for number one shirt can only be a good thing

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  • August 24, 2015 at 12:22
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    Well done forde he could of threw his toys out of his pram but put millwall first also would like to see the back of Williams he's s***.

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    • August 24, 2015 at 15:21
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      @block 28: YES, WELL DONE DAVID FORDE! YOU SAVED US MANY TIMES IN THE PAST ( INCLUDING PENALTY SAVES ). THATS WHAT MADE YOU AN INTERNATIONAL PLAYER.WE WONT FORGET THAT. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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      • August 24, 2015 at 15:27
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        @bermlion: well said mate a lot of people on here have short memories c u in the blue Saturday Coyl

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        • August 24, 2015 at 15:41
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          @block 28: THANKS PETER, HOPE JIM AND THE REST OF THE GUYS ARE WELL. ( ALSO HOPE 'FOXY' IS OKAY ). THE STORM.

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          • August 25, 2015 at 00:45
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            @bermlion: ok norm .alright here..see you saturday

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      • August 25, 2015 at 13:19
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        @bermlion: probably gonna get caned for this storm but I think you are looking at this with rose coloured glasses. yes forde has saved a few penalties but I wouldn't call him a penalty saving specialist! im sure if you looked at the stats he would be responsible for more goals going in than saving them. the last three years for forde has been atrocious. overall, can anyone tell me when he has actually commanded his box, let alone his back 4? as for being an international goalkeeper! really!! northern Ireland FFS, not exactly brazil. Storm, you normally are the voice of reason, but im not sure where the nostalgia has come from., he doesn't deserve it. hes only with us now because no one else wants him, otherwise he would've been on his toes in a heart beat. Archer is certainly our future. yes he will make mistakes and it may take years for him to start truly fulfilling his potential, but he deserves the chance, especially after the scunny game.

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        • August 25, 2015 at 14:10
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          @Geoff the lion: HI GEOFF, HOPE YOU ARE OKAY THIS SEASON WITH ALL THAT TRAVELLING YOU DO. YES, I REFER TO WHEN WE WERE LAST IN THE THIRD TIER - TIME. DAVID FORDE DID SAVE US QUITE A FEW TIMES ON OUR TRAVELS, NEVER MIND MATE, ITS ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS OR IT BECOMES 'BORING' .STORMIN' NORMAN IS GETTING FED - UP OF ALL THIS RAIN.

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          • August 25, 2015 at 15:00
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            @bermlion: Hi Storm, yes its still a pain travelling the 120 mile round trip to see the lions, but im hoping to move nearer this year. i'll give you that one, I cant put him down for what he did then, I just think that he dropped off the map since then and Millwall's strength has become our weakness, that being loyal to a point where is doesn't deserve. the hard cold facts, or at least the way I see it is I love my club, proud to be part of the family that are wall supporters, but I don't expect that loyalty from the players. to them this is a job, and I understand that, but to us its like a religion. might have to take the train in some time and meet you guys for a beer or 5

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          • August 25, 2015 at 15:03
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            @bermlion: just a thought Storm, if you want to get nostalgic over a penalty saver, think Casey Keller, away at Chelsea in the cup. took them out on penalties. now what a night that was, taking the p*** out of Chelsea on and off the pitch in there own back yard

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          • August 25, 2015 at 15:06
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            @bermlion: DEFINATELY BE PLEASED TO SEE YOU, GEOFF. TAKE CARE FOR NOW. THE STORM.

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  • August 24, 2015 at 12:41
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    Well Done to David Forde showing Jordan Archer to show the abilities and Performance. Keep it going skills and Experience will come after all the good performance on Saturday congrats

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  • August 24, 2015 at 13:06
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    It's his job, that's what he's paid too do!

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    • August 24, 2015 at 13:33
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      @dpendet: his job is playing in goal if u went to work & someone took your job & u had to do labouring instead would u show the other person the ropes. Don't think so

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      • August 24, 2015 at 14:01
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        @block 28: for 6k a week or so I'd do whatever I was told, wouldn't mind at all sitting on a bench watching someone else getting their hands dirty!

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      • August 24, 2015 at 14:17
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        @block 28: Its not the same, when he is dropped from the first team, he does not have to do any other job as he gets the same wage if he plays or does not, yes I agree he should get the hump about losing his place in the side, but he is not showing Archer how to play in goal he is just being part of the squad and also a good team mate to the youngster. In fact doing what he is paid for while working for Millwall.

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      • August 24, 2015 at 16:19
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        @block 28: I would do what ever I had too do as long as I was earning the same money which Forde is

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    • August 25, 2015 at 00:35
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      @dpendet: you could say that about every player in or out of the team, would you say none of the players deserves praise because they are only doing their job? No applause no cheering no shouts of good shot great save because they are only doing their job. I guess all we got to cheer are the volunteers such as ball boys/girls etc. :(

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  • August 24, 2015 at 14:14
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    Its about time David Forde is in the bench also teaching Jordan Archer teaching the final tricks to skills and experience to prepare Saturday game really nice and thoughtfull.

    bring on Edwards,Thompson and Powell next they all need minutes on the pitch

    COYL

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    • August 24, 2015 at 15:07
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      @WembleyLion: agree with you especially about Powell in my opinion sooner play him than Williams at the moment

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  • August 24, 2015 at 14:51
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    When you play against good teams with attacking purpose you need to throw your bodies on the line to defend. - sorry Neil they are not a good side . Yes archer had a cracking game and he alone earnt us a draw we were lucky to get. Neil, you are a great bloke but you need to put a filter on your mouth mate cos you don't half sprout some b*******

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    • August 25, 2015 at 09:40
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      @Geoff the lion: 36 dislikes, disturbing to think so many people think scunny are a good side lmfao. f***** apron hangers

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  • August 24, 2015 at 17:06
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    "His former understudy Jordan Archer didn’t look anything like a rookie making his league debut at Glanford Park"

    You do know Archer has already played 40 League games?

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    • August 25, 2015 at 09:43
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      @Freethinker: sssshhhh you shouldn't say that, people on here don't like the truth! Big thumbs up from me mate

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  • August 24, 2015 at 18:02
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    Well played fordy work as a team even if your not in the team I do like that , that brings confidence 2 the hole team and sprit serious forde be a goal keeper coach 4 our beloved MILLWALL COYL NOLU, WDC

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  • August 24, 2015 at 18:29
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    "Playing against good teams with attacking purpose, . . . ." Scunthorpe United???

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      • August 25, 2015 at 12:28
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        @Geoff the lion: Yeah nice one Geoff...Scunny looked a very average team, Archer had a good game but, as you say, in the end we were lucky to get away with a draw. Neil needs to cut down on the managerial spin about Forde and our defensive frailties and admit that we have a long way to go before we will be competitive in this league. We urgently need a defensive coach with a brain to set up and organise the back 4 and defensive midfield play.... in the short term Robbo could prob help tho I still think Neil needs an experienced coach/manager alongside him.

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        • August 25, 2015 at 12:56
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          @Purleyspencer: 100% agree on that purleyspencer. None of the recent results have come as a surprise for me. Before the season kicked off I said we would struggle to start with but improve through the season. Finish a comfortable mid table. The best thing Neil could do is say it like it is and I'd be happy with that. At least I would know his feet are on the ground. I support him and his passion all the way but he does need help as you mentioned. He's been dealt a s*** hand and he's working with what he's got. He doesn't need to tell us, most of us understand, but the whole "let's blow smoke up fordes ass isn't needed. He just loses credibility. The only message he needs to send out is the plan to build a new younger team for the future, and this season will be a hard learning curve. What's to argue with that

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  • August 25, 2015 at 15:01
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    NH being dealt a bad hand would suggest he didn't know what he was letting his self in for, personally I can't see that being the case because NH must know as much as anybody does about how the club works, unless he was made promises that as of yet have not been for-filled.
    I'd love to see us with strong team made up of a good proportion of young eager home grown players but I worry that we will lose them to the big boys and there's not much we can do about it, is that a likely scenario?

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  • August 25, 2015 at 18:27
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    Firstly I totally understand why Bomber would praise an older keeper helping a younger one out especially when he has just taken his place in the team its all about team harmony and being able to drop players , but that's where the praise ends for me he is doing his job I actually expect that from him or any other player for that matter .
    The club have given him a salary that has probably bought him a nice house and helped send his children to good private schools and im pretty sure that he has a good lifestyle and never has to worry to much about money , I can only speak for myself but this is the very least i expect from someone who plays for Millwall no matter who it is .
    Its like walking past a bunch of hoodies and saying thank you to them for not trying to steal your phone .......They shouldn't steal you phone he should be helping Archer for gods sake

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