Martin defends Millwall stopper after Leeds error

DAVID Martin has sprung to the defence of team-mate Jordan Archer after the Lions’ stopper’s mistake almost cost his side against Leeds last weekend.

Archer failed to hold onto a routine cross in the 55th minute of the fixture before Kemar Roofe scrambled in to make it 2-2.

Millwall almost blew it as they went 3-2 behind before Tom Elliott and Jed Wallace scored in the last five minutes and Archer saved from Conor Shaughnessy as the Lions secure one of the most remarkable wins in Neil Harris’ time in charge.

Archer is set to be rested this weekend when Millwall take on Rochdale in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Martin, 31, started in the last round against Barnsley, after his sole league appearance against Aston Villa in December.

Martin pointed out that Archer is still relatively inexperienced, and that Millwall still won the game at Elland Road.

“It’s part and parcel of being a goalkeeper and Jordan is still pretty young for a goalkeeper,” Martin said. “There’s not one ‘keeper out there from your Edersons down to your League Two stoppers who will not make a mistake for the year.

“You just hope when you do make a mistake it doesn’t cost the team. It was a great game to be involved in and thankfully whatever goals went in it didn’t cost the team. It was about getting the three points, about the greater good for the side.”

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