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Hutchinson: "It's important to kick on now"

Returning defender discusses picking up where we left off, and his comeback to fitness

16 October 2018

Shaun Hutchinson says he 'feels good' ahead of Millwall's return to Sky Bet Championship action at Reading on Saturday.

The centre-half was back on the pitch for the first time since August when he played the first half of the Under 23s' win over Watford at The Den on Friday.

Hutchinson commends the form of the young Lions players and says the 2-0 victory was enjoyable to be a part of as he works his way back to full fitness.

"I feel good," he claims.

"I've had two weeks of training under my belt now along with 45 minutes with the 23s, which I've come out of fine. [The Under 23 game] was good, they are a great bunch of lads there. I played with quite a lot of them two years ago when I was working my way back from injury.

"It was a good game to be involved in, a good win, and they're doing well at the moment."

Hutchinson says it is key to continue the momentum from before the past few days' internationals, stating that the team should look to replicate last season's upturn in form.

"I've been training this week, and I am now looking forward to the Reading game on Saturday.

"It's definitely [good momentum]. I thought the Nottingham Forest game was outstanding, and it was massive for us to go into the Villa game and get three points.

"It's important to kick on now following the international break, like we did last year."

The 27-year-old has highlighted the break as an opportunity to fine-tune the squad's work on the training pitch, and is aiming for no less than three points from the weekend encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

"We have been having the two weeks to work on a few things, and it was good to go into the break with a win.

"Obviously last year it took us a while to get our first away victory. Hopefully we can pick up the win on Saturday which can have the same effect as before.

"Once we get the first away win, we can really start moving up the table."

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