Millwall boss: Archer showed 'strength of character' after Sunderland 'howlers'

NEIL Harris praised Jordan Archer for his “strength of character” after a clean sheet against Hull City on Tuesday night.

Archer made two mistakes that led to Sunderland goals last weekend but kept his seventh shut-out of the season against the Tigers.

Archer produced two important saves to deny Markus Henriksen and Kevin Stewart, and Harris felt his presence was important when Jarrod Bowen was presented with two chances but shot off target.

Harris was pleased that Millwall kept a side that is the third most prolific in the Championship this season scoreless, and felt his stopper was key to that.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Harris said. “He showed his strength of character.

“He’s still a young goalkeeper, he’s only 24. He’s very young in goalkeeping terms, most goalkeepers don’t mature until they are 30 or 31.

“He made a couple of howlers last weekend. But he came in on Monday morning bright and bubbly.

“Tonight he was commanding. He didn’t have a great deal to do but his presence was important when the boy had two chances.

“He was excellent. His mental approach was really impressive.

“They have scored 30 goals this year in the league so for us to get a clean sheet was a good achievement.”

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John Kelly