SHAUN Hutchinson believes Millwall will have failed if they don’t pick up six points from their League One games at Shrewsbury and Gillingham this week.
Both sides are struggling at the wrong end of the table, Gillingham a place outside the relegation zone, two points above Shrewsbury who have a game in hand.
Millwall won for the first time in five league games when they defeated Scunthorpe 3-1 on Saturday, their 18th home win in all competitions this seasons, more than any other club in England’s top four divisions.
Hutchinson, who started his first game since February 21 against the Iron, insisted they must follow up one of their most impressive performances of the season by taking three points at Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday night.
Millwall are three points behind Southend, who host Bolton at the same time.
“If we don’t go and get six points, minimum four in the next two games we might as well not have won the game Saturday,” he warned. “It was a big result but it means nothing if we don’t follow it up in these games.
“We really fancy ourselves to get six points. If we get less than six points we’ll be disappointed. We know we’re capable and have the squad to put in two good performances and really put ourselves up there again.
“Hopefully other results go our way. If we can pick up nine points from three games this week that’s a great return at this stage of the season.”
Millwall have conceded goals in the last minute of injury-time in two of their last three games – at Swindon and against Scunthorpe – and Hutchinson admits it's a lesson that concentration must be maintained at all times.
“It’s frustrating for defenders mostly because you’re happy you’ve scored three goals, but a clean sheet is just as important for a defender,” Hutchinson said.
“If we’d been winning 1-0 and that had made it 1-1 [against Scunthorpe] there would have been fireworks going off in the dressing room.
“Maybe it’s a little reminder that you can’t just walk over the line in this league, you’ve got to be at it all the way through.
“You need to stick to what the plan is and grind out the result all the way until the final whistle.”
Meanwhile, Mahlon Romeo feels the side are back on track after closing the gap to Scunthorpe to four points.
“To bounce back from Swindon and Sheffield felt good,” he said. “It’s all come full circle.
“Everyone knew they did well in terms of individual battles and as a unit as well in our defending and attacking.
“We knew they would come at us and there would be tackles flying in, the gaffer said that would happen.
“We did what we were good at. The gaffer said we would have to put in a Millwall performance. That’s what we did.”
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