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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