NEIL Harris paid tribute to Jordan Archer after the goalkeeper’s performance helped Millwall secure a 1-0 win over Bury on Saturday to move the Lions to within two points of the top six.
Former Tottenham netminder Archer kept his eighth clean sheet in 19 games since making his competitive debut for Millwall in August.
The highlight of his display was a superb save (see, below) on the goalline to keep out Peter Clarke’s header that looked destined to give Bury an early lead.
Archer, 22, also showed bravery and decisiveness throughout the 90 minutes to come and claim a number of crosses under pressure from the opposition.
The goalkeeper was disappointed to concede direct from a corner in the 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood last Tuesday night but Harris said he made up for it by keeping out Clarke’s effort and with his overall performance.
Asked if Archer’s early save was the best he had seen, Harris said: “I won’t get quite that carried away with it! I think it was an outstanding save, young Jordan probably feels he owed us that from the other night.
“Fair play to him, he showed a lot of character today to come back after his mistake on Tuesday night, to make that save early on and to put in an all-round performance. The way he controlled the tempo of the game in the second half with his distribution and his kicking was really good.”
Harris also highlighted the collective effort of a defence missing three of its four first-choice players as they kept 12-goal Leon Clarke quiet and conceded just two shots on target despite Bury enjoying the majority of possession.
“I thought the back four as a whole looked solid,” Harris said. “They were aggressive, dominant. When you play against the calibre of Leon Clarke and Tom Pope, when he came on, you have to be in that mindset. And I thought they were really good.
“It capped it all off with young Noah Chesmain (17) making his debut when he came on at left-back. It was a good day for us.”
Watch Archer's sensational second-minute stop courtesy of the Lions' official YouTube channel: