Millwall defender: Only going to be one winner in Charlton game

SHAUN HUTCHINSON said Millwall were always “in control” in the 0-0 draw with Charlton last weekend and felt that his side looked the more likely to get a winner.

The Lions extended their unbeaten run to six games but could have claimed all three points after Steve Morison saw a shot cleared off the line in the second half, before Hutchinson (above), Byron Webster and Lee Gregory all sent presentable headers narrowly wide.

Charlton were forced into two substitutions before the 28th minute, the first of them when centre-forward Josh Magennis couldn’t continue after a challenge with Hutchinson and had to be replaced with Tony Watt.

“It wasn’t intentional, it was one of those 50/50 things that happened,” Hutchinson said. “It’s not nice to say but they probably weren’t as good without him on the pitch because they lost a few ideas. He’s always the first man they hit.

“That’s why they got lost a bit. With crosses and long balls they’ve got Magennis there. When Tony Watt came on he wasn’t in the box as much as Magennis would have been and as a defender if they’re going to cross the ball and there’s no one in there, then they can do it all day.

“Tony Watt, on his day, can be a handful as well, I’ve played against him a few times. When he broke through he set the world alight. He has struggled to get a lot of matches recently but he’s very good on his day. We managed them both well and I didn’t think we were ever under the cosh.

“I thought we defended really well, we were in control and I never felt like we were going to concede. If anyone was going to get I winner I felt it would be us.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly