SHAUN Hutchinson said Millwall “have to keep momentum going” after Friday’s 3-0 win over Northampton kept them a point ahead of Southend in the play-off race.
Aiden O’Brien and Jed Wallace scored two brilliant goals from first-time shots before Wallace added a third to wrap the game up before half-time.
All of Millwall’s top-six rivals won on Friday and the Lions go to third-placed Fleetwood Town on Monday looking to close the five-point gap between the sides.
“It was a massive performance, we knew that to stay in the play-off places we had to win,” Hutchinson said. “Every other team won, we had hoped someone would drop points. Unfortunately everyone seems to be getting results now.
"But it was a good 3-0, a confident performance from the lads. If you’re going to win a game that’s a good way to do it, the ball flying in from all sorts of angles.
“We could have had a few more but Northampton were tough. They had a few chances, they’re a physical side. It was too much for them to come back and in the second half we saw it through well.
“Aiden’s happy with his goal but he gets overshadowed by Jed. They were brilliant goals. If the wingers can get goals and win you games then it’s great.”
Millwall’s clean sheet was their first in seven games, and Hutchinson owed Tom King after the goalkeeper tipped the defender’s mis-cued clearance over the bar with the score at 1-0.
“As every game goes on he’s really improving,” Hutchinson said. “He’s maturing and pulled of some excellent saves. His kicking has been good and it’s great when someone is injured that you’ve got someone like that to step up.
“He’s been brilliant. It’s never easy. If you play one game the adrenalin gets you through but playing a few games in a row, he has stepped up to the plate and proved he’s a very good goalkeeper.
“We limited their chances in the second half but in the first they had quite a few, on another day they could have scored.
“Our game management at the end to see it through was good.”
Millwall face Fleetwood and then Oxford and Bristol Rovers and know if they win all three they will claim a play-off place.
Hutchinson said: “It’s in our hands and that’s the most important thing. Six or seven points out of nine should do it for us but you never know. We’ve got to put everything into Monday and take it game by game.
“We all want this and we all think we deserve it so much.
“Fleetwood is going to be such a tough game but we’re in good form, we’ve got some good results at difficult places.
“It’s going to be a difficult battle. It’s two good sides with everything to play for. I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait.
“We just have to keep momentum going. We had a little blip not long ago but other than that we’ve been outstanding since after Christmas. If our form keeps going the way it’s going I think we should do it.
“We have to keep working hard in training, listen to the manager and stick together.”
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