Martin: Millwall 'disappointed' not to beat Aston Villa after creating best chances

DAVID Martin will understand if he is back on the bench next weekend when Millwall face Middlesbrough – despite a clean sheet on his debut at one of the Championship favourites.

Martin, 31, took the place of the ill Jordan Archer as Millwall dominated Aston Villa but found goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in superb form.

Former MK Dons stopper Martin put in a composed performance, but stressed he won’t be disappointed to lose his spot against Middlesbrough, admitting Archer has been “different class” this season.

“I found out I was playing [Friday], when the gaffer put the shape together,” Martin explained. “Obviously, I was a bit nervous [after] a month out injured, but the gaffer believed in me and I am pleased to say that the team repaid him back.

“It is not ideal having a month out injured, but I'm just pleased I paid the gaffer back for the support and trust that he has given me.

“I was nervous and excited. I'm pleased to get through it, get a clean sheet. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t get the three points, really.

“I think we're a little bit disappointed. I think we had the better chances. Their ‘keeper made some great saves, so it wasn’t for the want of trying. It was just one of those days. We managed to get the clean sheet and anything else was a bonus.

“Hopefully I give the manager something to think about, but Jordan has been different class this year, so I can’t really rumble either way. At the end of the day I have come here and tried to do the best I can every day. I go in on Monday and give it my all, like every day, and we will see what happens.”

Millwall have taken four points from tough-looking fixtures against Sheffield United and Villa, ahead of welcoming Boro to The Den, after six games without a win.

“This league is so unforgiving,” Martin said. “You can go on a run like that where you do not pick up points. The lads had a great result last Saturday. It’s all about momentum now. There are some big teams coming up, I fancy [Millwall against] most teams at The Den. If the lads turn up and give it their all then I back us to get three points most Saturdays.”

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John Kelly