GOALKEEPER Jordan Archer believes Millwall are slowly gathering momentum ahead of the final three months of the League One season.
The Lions are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions – including two Premier League scalps in the Emirates FA Cup.
And Archer feels the defence in front of him deserve praise for the resolute rearguard action which has aided Millwall’s unbeaten run.
“I think we started off the season very slow and picked up a few injuries, and we were unfortunate with some results.” Archer said.
“It’s 10 unbeaten now and we have a more settled team, the lads who have come back from injuries have helped and there is competition for places in every single position.
“In terms of defending, we’ve been outstanding – we’ve had five clean sheets in our last seven games, that’s testament to the boys in front of me.
“We are hard to beat and we have people up top that can score goals and we aim to get clean sheets whenever we go out on the pitch.
“If you keep a clean sheet you have a great chance of going on the to win the game.”
The 23-year-old added: “It’s a great foundation we have with a settled back four, even the boys who aren't in the starting XI are more than capable to come in when called upon.
“Everyone has bought into defending first and it’s paying off with all these clean sheets.”
A slow start leading to a strong end to a campaign is a trend the Lions have set in recent seasons of success.
And after last year, this campaign is showing similar signs – something Archer is unable to explain – but he and the team will be doing all they can to make the post-season playoff lottery come the end of April.
“It has been similar to last year when we didn't start too strong,” Archer said.
“The second half of the season we went on a great run and we will be looking to do the same this year to enable us to get into the play-offs.
“I can’t put my finger on why it takes us a long time to get going. We have 17 games left so we will be performing every game to try and get into those play-offs.
“With the squad we have here, we are more than capable (of making the play-offs). We should be higher than where we are, there's been unfortunate circumstances but none of that matters.
“When you start your run, all that matters is come the end of the season we are in the play-offs.”
Meanwhile, Archer has been nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year by the London Sports Awards.
Other nominees include Tottenham Hotspurs’ Hugo Lloris and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, with the winner announced on March 2.
On the recognition, Archer said: “I don't really look out for personal honours, but I'm privileged to have been nominated for the award.
"I am thankful for that, but personal accolades are not something I pride myself on. It’s about helping Millwall get back into the Championship.”