JORDAN Archer was “over the moon” with his performance on his full league debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The Lions had Archer to thank as he pulled off a string of saves in the goalless draw at Glanford Park, including tipping a Paddy Madden header onto the bar in the 90th minute.
Although the 22-year-old was pleased with his own performance, he expressed regret that Millwall didn’t win the game, and he hopes to continue in goal next week against Chesterfield.
“I was happy with my personal performance,” Archer said. “I'm disappointed that we didn't get the three points as we did have a few chances to score, but the boys dug in deep.
“Nonetheless it was a great point away from home.
“It’s always nice to make a few saves, the one at the end that I tipped onto the crossbar was my favourite as the boys had been digging in deep for the final 20 minutes, so it would have been horrible to have Scunthorpe score at the end.
“I’m happy to make the saves and help the boys out, that’s what I'm there for.
“I’m over the moon to make my debut and we are at home next Saturday so hopefully if I’m starting, I’ll look forward to walking out at The Den.”
Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute when Mark Beevers was adjudged to have pulled down Gary McSheffery in the box. Madden stepped up and blasted over the bar, much to Archer’s relief.
The Lions keeper, however, wasn't convinced by referee Richard Clarke’s decision to award the hosts a spot-kick, and then waving away protests from the Millwall players when Shaun Williams’ shot looked to have hit the arm of Iron defender Charlie Goode.
“I thought our shout for a penalty should have been given,” Archer said. “I was screaming and jumping for a penalty to be given but unfortunately it wasn’t.
“Then Scunthorpe got one, and I'm not going to say what I said to the referee as I would get in trouble.
“I was happy that he missed it as I felt it wasn't a penalty, but they get given and thankfully he blazed it over.
“I was over the moon and I think I hugged Shaun Williams twice, but it’s nice to see it go over the bar.”