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Hutchinson looks ahead to "massive" Bristol City game

"Both teams are probably going to see it as make or break," says the defender...

5 April 2018

Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson has urged his fellow team-mates to not get "too deflated" in the wake of Easter Monday's 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town.

The Lions failed to set a new club record of seven consecutive away League wins, conceding two goals in two minutes to Martyn Waghorn in the process, but did extend their unbeaten run to 14 Sky Bet Championship matches.

The defender - who has played every minute of Millwall's first season back in the second tier - stated that not taking all three points at Portman Road was "gutting."

"I think [the disappointment] shows just how far we've come. It's a very tough one to take, but we've got to make sure we don't get too deflated.

"We've come to a difficult place and put in a good performance. Any other time in the season we would've taken the point, but it's a little gutting we didn't come away with all three.

"We pride ourselves on being so solid defensively, so to concede two isn't great, but to be fair to Mick McCarthy, he put out a side to try and outscore us. He took some crazy risks - he left three against three, four against four and there wasn't many runners that were getting tracked.

"Whether he sussed the way we were playing or told the players to go out and have fun, I don't know, but when you look at the end of the game, I think we had the better chances and should have all three points."

The 27-year-old also looked ahead to Saturday's visit of Bristol City, claiming that the afternoon could be "make or break" for both teams.

"It's a massive game on Saturday against Bristol City, both teams are probably going to see it as make or break - whichever team comes out on top will be three points ahead of the other.

"At this point in the season, you have to keep going for wins. Everyone chasing seems to keep losing, so opportunities are missed, but both teams will go to win and the better one will come out on top."

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