Archer hails fans for their role in Millwall's unbeaten run

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MILLWALL goalkeeper Jordan Archer says fans at The Den have been like an “extra man” recently.

The Lions are unbeaten at home since the end of September with Saturday’s clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Bury Archer’s fifth in eight games at SE16 and his eighth this season since he took over from David Forde.

And the 22-year-old former Spurs goalkeeper believes the home support are playing a big role in that defensive resilience.

Archer said: “The atmosphere seems to be getting better and better every week, particularly when the boys are digging deep and under the cosh. There are always spells in the game where we’re under pressure, especially when the other team, like Bury, are pushing to score an equaliser.

“When the fans do get behind us it’s like having an extra man.”

Archer had the fans on their feet in appreciation of his brilliant double stop in the second minute against the Shakers, and he rates it as one of his top saves.

“I didn’t know too much about it,” he admitted. “It was a reaction save and I managed to get up and claw the second ball away.

“A few fans put the video up on Twitter and it was probably one of my best saves, it’s fair to say.

“That was one save in the second minute but for the rest of the game the back four did a lot of work to protect me, I don’t think I had another real shot to save after that."

Millwall travel to Burton today for tonight’s fixture at the Pirelli Stadium with boss Neil Harris calling for a reaction to the defeat at Fleetwood a week ago, and Archer knows how tough it will be against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s third-place side.

“Burton have just come from a convincing promotion,” he said. “We’ve got a confident bunch of lads going there looking for a win but we’re under no illusions how difficult it will be. It could be our toughest game of the season because Burton have been doing really well.”

John Kelly