Goalkeepers have day to forget as Millwall can’t hold on for first away Championship victory

Jordan Archer did his best to rival opposite number Robbin Ruiter as talking points in Millwall’s 2-2 draw at Sunderland, writes Dan Barnes.

Two-goal George Saville could not believe his luck as Black Cats stopper Ruiter endured a nightmare – but Millwall’s first away win this season still eludes them.

Sunderland, set to confirm former Wales boss and ex-Crystal Palace defender Chris Coleman as manager, struck in the 12th minute through Lewis Grabban.

The one-time Lions striker forced home from close range after Tom Elliott missed Bryan Oviedo’s right-wing corner and Archer pawed at the ball.

But that was little compared to Ruiter’s horrendous errors after he was beaten twice in near-identical fashion by two Saville free-kicks.

On 16 minutes, the ball squirmed embarrassingly under Ruiter and trickled over the line, and four minutes later, Saville executed another left-footed delivery from almost the same spot and the Dutchman could only help the ball into the net when it looked like a routine save.

But Millwall blew it when Adam Matthews’ cross appeared to take a deflection and Archer ended up in the back of the net with the ball.


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