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"It's one of those moments you dream about," says Hutchinson

1 May 2017

Lions defender reflects on his match-winner at Bristol Rovers

It was a scene Shaun Hutchinson had played out countless times in his mind while lying in a Bristol hotel room the night before the biggest match of the season.

85 minutes played. Scores level. The Lions' season hanging in the balance. 

And as Shane Ferguson floated the last corner of the match towards the awaiting Lions pack, Hutchinson seized his moment - springing to plant a firm header on the ball that sailed into the top corner and sent Millwall through to Sky Bet League One Play-Offs.

"It's one of the goals that you dream about," Hutchinson told millwallfc.co.uk

"I was lying in bed the night before the game and you hope that you can be the hero that steps up and gets the goal."

With Southend United on route to beat Bury, The Lions had to prevail in wet and windy conditions at Memorial Stadium. 

But those aspirations took a hit when Gas midfielder Billy Bodin made it 3-3 with a curling free-kick in the 72nd minute.

"It's tough when you concede a goal so late and know that you need to score another to win," Hutchinson added.

"We were playing with the wind in the first-half and I think they knew if they stayed in the game they would get more chances in the second-half. It was hard conditions and we battled really well to get over the line.

"So much was at stake and thankfully we were given a late corner and I was able to get my head on it - it was a fantastic feeling."

The Lions have just four days to prepare for Scunthorpe's trip to The Den, who will themselves be buoyed by their recent 3-1 victory over Coventry City in the final match of the season.

It will be The Iron's second trip to SE16 in 2017 and Millwall will seek a repeat effort of the 3-0 victory in early April.

"We will be full of confidence ahead of the match with Scunthorpe because we have beaten them recently and we're in good form. To be honest, they will be more worried of us then we are of them."

"Our League season ended on a high and now it's about carrying that through the the play-offs and seeing what happens."

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