Shaun Hutchinson backs Millwall to achieve top six spot

Date published: Tuesday 18th February 2020 3:48 - Jo Harrison

Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson believes the club have a great chance of gate-crashing the Championship’s top six come the end of the season.

Hutchinson scored the winning goal against fellow promotion-chasers Preston North End last time out to re-ignite the Lions’ push for a play-off spot.

Hutchinson, who joined Millwall from Championship counterparts Fulham in 2016, has been ever-present for the London club this season, featuring 22 times and scoring five times.

The 29-year-old told Millwall TV: “We’re happy with the win, we didn’t play how we know we can, so it’s good to get back on the board.

“We knew we had to get a win, but we’ve got to keep going, keep putting in performances like that, keep picking up points and it gives us a chance come the end of the season.

“If we keep putting in performances like we did against Preston we’ve got a chance.”

Millwall manager Gary Rowett will also be uplifted by his side’s home form, with a resilient display against West Bromwich Albion and a 1-1 draw against third-placed Fulham providing some optimism for their fans.

Their latest victory over Preston put Millwall four points adrift of the Lilywhites in sixth place, with a chance to mount the pressure when they travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Alex Neil’s Preston side entertain a free-scoring Hull City.

January addition Mason Bennett could make his debut at the DW Stadium following his loan move from Derby County. Paul Cook will have nightmares of the 23-year-old after his acrobatic equaliser last season which earned the Rams a late point.

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