Harris: Tough benching Forde, but Millwall lucky with keepers

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NEIL Harris said it was a “tough decision” to leave out David Forde for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Port Vale, but he insisted he uses the same criteria when choosing his goalkeeper as he does in every other position.

Jordan Archer started for the first time in six games, and he impressed as Millwall moved up to eighth in League One.

Archer had to make a double-save in the 15th minute after Lee Gregory had given Millwall the lead, and there was little he could do to prevent JJ Hooper cutting Port Vale’s deficit 61 minutes in.

Harris said he is “blessed” with his goalkeeping options.

“It’s always tough with two quality goalkeepers and they both really want to play. It’s a real tough decision,” Harris admitted.

“David’s been excellent in five games, made a mistake the other day which he held his hands up to. I treat the goalkeeping situation as I do any other position on the pitch. I pick who I feel is best for that game.

“I pick the rest of the team (the same way).

“I’ve got two great goalkeepers. They’re very able. One’s had a terrific career, at international level also, and one’s on the way up.

“We’re really blessed with the goalkeepers. I went with Jordan today and he made a couple of good saves. But he’s disappointed he didn’t get himself a clean sheet.”