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Hutchinson: “The main thing was to show resilience”

Defender describes Lions as ‘solid’ in draw at Bristol City

3 December 2018

Shaun Hutchinson says Millwall ‘battled well’ to claw back and earn a point after falling behind at Bristol City on Sunday.

An unfortunate own goal from Jake Cooper gave The Robins the lead early in the second half in an otherwise resolute defensive display from The Lions at Ashton Gate.

Shaun Williams’ volleyed equaliser put Neil Harris’ side back on level terms with 12 minutes remaining, and Hutchinson states the team had to be ‘solid’ throughout the encounter.

“It was the sort of performance that with the way things have been recently – with our form dipping and our performances not being good enough – we had to come here and be solid,” the defender says.

“The main thing was to show the resilience that we know we can do, and I think we did that. We battled well for a good point.”

Hutchinson is adamant the team are only looking forward now, and need to turn a corner.

“The gaffer said during the week that we’ve crossed a line now. Everything that has been has gone, because it’s not been good enough, and you start fresh.

“Here we got back to basics, did the basics well and when we do that, we’re a good side.”

Following his return from injury, Hutchinson put in arguably his best performance of the season at Ashton Gate – something that certainly did not go unnoticed by Harris, who said the Millwall vice-captain was ‘back to his best’.

“I’m appreciating the faith shown in me by the manager,” Hutchinson says.

“I know my form hasn’t been great and neither has that of the team, but you obviously look at yourself – and it’s important to put in performances like this.

“I thought myself and the boys put in a good shift and we need to continue that going into the Christmas period.”

The squad now have a week’s training in focus for their return to The Den on Saturday against Hull City, who sit just two points above The Lions in the Sky Bet Championship.

“Our mindset of getting back to basics served us so well last year. If we manage to do that against Hull at the weekend and get back to how we know we can play at home, we’ll be looking to take the three points.

“We want to build on what was a solid away performance, and really push on now.”

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