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Hutchinson prioritises points over personal success

Read the defender's thoughts after Saturday's Sunderland draw...

5 March 2018

Shaun Hutchinson scored his second goal of the 2017/18 campaign in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland - not that he was initially aware!

The defender scrambled home The Lions' equaliser after Bryan Oviedo gave The Black Cats the lead, with goal-line technology called into play as the visitors attempted to hack the ball away to safety.

Hutchinson, speaking to, said that whilst he was pleased to find the net, three points would've been accepted more over his own success in front of goal.

"It's always nice to score against my rivals, being a Newcastle fan as a youngster. I would've taken the three points over scoring, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be," he said.

"At first I didn't think the ball had gone over the line, but thankfully the referee had his watch on his wrist with goal-line technology and it told him it was a goal. I wasn't even sure we had it at The Den!"

A sense of frustration was present as Millwall failed to break down a defensively stubborn Sunderland side, but as The Lions stretched their unbeaten League run to nine matches, 'Hutch' stated that the disappointment shows how far the club has come in recent times.

"A point at home isn't bad, but with the way we're playing at the moment, we're a little bit disappointed.

"It looked as though Sunderland were happy to take a point, they were happy to sit in. The fact an ex-Premier League side have come to The Den and done that shows how far we have come.

"At half-time you could sense the frustration in the fans - we were frustrated as well, but we stuck at it. We pressed a little higher and the supporters got behind us. We fed off each other and that pushed us on to get the point. We'll take the draw and move on."

With 11 Sky Bet Championship matches remaining, Millwall are still within an outside shot of a place in the top six, but for now, Hutchinson explained how all focus was on meeting targets and Tuesday night's trip to Hull City.

"Everyone likes to think and talk about the Play-Offs, but it would be one hell of an achievement if we were to push on and make them. Like the manager has been saying, 50 points was our target this year.

"Tuesday night at Hull will be another tough game but we've won a few on the road now and feel confident going into games. I'm sure we'll do well."

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