Shaun Hutchinson remains upbeat about Millwall’s Sky Bet Championship Play-ff hopes heading into the final two games of the season.
The 27-year-old, who has enjoyed an outstanding campaign at the heart of The Lions' defence, says Neil Harris’ men are still firmly in the race for a top-six spot despite losing for the first time in 18 games in a 3-0 defeat to Fulham on Friday night.
“Our game plan was brilliant in the first half and we definitely should have got ourselves at least 1-0 up,” he told millwallfc.co.uk.
“It was a sucker punch (conceding a goal) at the start of the second half, and we got a bit deflated. From that point we were chasing the game against a Fulham side who like to keep the ball – so it became really difficult as a result.
“We opened ourselves up a little bit too much and before we knew it we were 3-0 down, which I felt was harsh on us.”
Millwall face a crucial trip to Middlesbrough this Saturday (live on Sky, kick-off 5.30pm), before entertaining fellow promotion hopefuls Aston Villa on the final day of the season at The Den.
And Hutchinson says they must aim for a maximum return from those games to stand any chance of making the Play-Offs.
He added: “The season’s far from over. We’ve still got two matches to go and need to get six points from them and see where that takes us.
“We’re definitely still in it. We aren’t sitting with our hands on our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves. It’s far from over.
“We’ve pushed probably the best team in the League right now and were the better team in the first half, so we have to take confidence from that. We need to take the positives from this and move on quickly.
“The unbeaten run has gone now, but the fans have evidently appreciated and acknowledged our efforts, and we’ll make sure we give absolutely everything again in our remaining games.”