Shaun Hutchinson says a 2-2 draw was a fair result as Millwall and Cardiff City claimed a point apiece in Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash at The Den.
The central defender claims The Lions expected a physical test against Neil Warnock’s side, and is positive about elements of the team’s display in Adam Barrett’s final game in his spell as caretaker manager.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle between two sides with similar styles of play and who like to get the ball forward quickly,” Hutchinson said to millwallfc.co.uk.
“I thought we started the game really well and we were unlucky to go a goal down, but that’s how it went and we showed good character to recover and earn something from the game. I’d say a draw was probably a fair result in the end for both teams.
“We’re used to a battle and we enjoy one, so we knew what to expect from Cardiff. We picked up a lot of second balls and put them under pressure, and we played a bit of football as well. We know how to get into good areas and create chances, and I think with what both teams did here a point was deserved.”
Hutchinson notes how pleased he is for Tom Bradshaw after his double made it five goals in his last four games, following the striker’s frustrating long period on the sidelines.
“I’m really happy for [Bradshaw]. He’s worked really hard to come back from his injury and he’s reaping the rewards now – he performs week-in, week-out in training and now it’s showing.
“He’s in great form and doing really well, and if he can keep coming up with goals for us then that’s brilliant.”
The 28-year-old returned to become a mainstay in the heart of the Millwall defence for October’s run of games, and he is enjoying the responsibility.
“Of course, I’m really enjoying it. It’s not easy being out of the team, but I’ve worked hard to get back in and I’ll continue to work hard to stay in the side.
“My main focus is staying in the team to help us get three points as often as possible and to help push us in the right direction week-in, week-out.
“I’m always happy to be selected and I’m looking forward to the next game now.”
Finally, Hutchinson has expressed his excitement to be working with new boss Gary Rowett and his incoming staff Callum Davidson – who he has already known during his career so far – and Joe Carnall.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the new manager and his team on Thursday, and seeing how he sees the way he can move the club forward.
“It’s exciting, because as players you want to get results, shoot up the table and improve, and we’re looking forward to working with him and seeing his ideas.
“What’s important is that hopefully he can implement his ideas quickly, they get across to us and we can start really picking up some good results.”