NEIL Harris admitted it was “a big call” to restore Jordan Archer to Millwall’s starting XI after the form of the “outstanding” Tom King.
Archer was back in the side on Tuesday night after missing six games with a quad injury as Millwall drew 3-3 at Rochdale.
In Archer’s absence King kept four clean sheets in six games, conceding just once in five league fixtures.
Archer was beaten by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Ian Henderson and Callum Camps at Spotland but made an outstanding save in the second half to prevent Rochdale going 4-2 up.
“It was a big call to put Jordan back in or stick with Kingy, who has been outstanding,” Harris said. “It’s been a big positive for us, his performances over the last while, showing his worth in challenging Jordan.
“I just felt that Kingy has had a run of games and it takes its toll mentally and physically. Jordan had trained for three or four games and was chomping to get back in.
“Jordan made a contribution, as ever, but he might be disappointed with the second goal. Maybe he didn’t see it until late.
“It’s good having him back in the squad.”
Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien had put Millwall in control and 2-0 up inside 25 minutes, before Rochdale stormed back.
Millwall rescued a point through Jed Wallace’s first goal in his second spell at the club.
Harris said: “Jed was outstanding, his movement off the ball, his pace and energy. He’s getting better every game.”
Despite the disappointment of two dropped points, Millwall’s unbeaten run stands at 16 league games ahead of the trip to Swindon on Saturday where they will hope to get the win to climb back into the play-off places.
“It’s crazy because we feel we should be in that top six, but we’re just outside,” Harris said after Tuesday’s result left them behind Southend on goal difference. “We have to remember that we have those games in hand.
“We had a difficult fixture [Tuesday night] but we can’t just rely on it happening, we have to make it happen. We have to roll into Swindon on Saturday and take the points.
“Sixteen unbeaten is a terrific record. We have to get that balance between being a good, solid, reliable team that gets a clean sheet but also keep the attacking intent that allows us to score three goals.”
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