Millwall's Hutch: 'I'd prefer points on the board rather than pats on the back'

SHAUN Hutchinson has admitted he would prefer to have more points after four games having played poorly, rather than plaudits for the good performances so far in the Championship.

Millwall collected their second point in their fourth league game this season with a 0-0 draw at Bristol City when they again created more chances than their opponents.

The Lions have registered an incredible 74 attempts on goal in four games – 23 on target – but haven't got the return they arguably deserve.

Hutchinson was pleased with the first clean sheet in the league this season at Ashton Gate, and with how the side responded after Neil Harris criticised the performance in the 4-3 defeat by Ipswich last Tuesday.

"Everyone grafted and ran their socks off and to get a clean sheet away from home is definitely a positive," he said.

"Once the dust settled he [Harris] was quite happy with the [Ipswich] performance but it was about game management at times. We're all excited and buzzing to be in this league and that got us going a bit too far forward and trying to make it a bit of a basketball game.

"We didn't really control the game but [Saturday] we did that.

"If we had more points and had played terribly I'd prefer that. In four games we could easily have 12 points, I think we've been the best team in four games. That's not me being biased because I'm a Millwall player. I definitely believe it.

"If we keep performing like we have we'll be alright.

"We've had the most chances in all four games. If you're doing that away from home it's definitely a positive. We might go on Saturday and get one chance and win 1-0, that's just the way it goes.

"We're all very confident, every single player, that fortunes will change and we'll put many goals past a lot of teams."

Harris felt Bristol City should have been reduced to 10 men in the first half on Saturday when record £5.3million signing Famara Diedhiou appeared to raise his hand to the face of Jed Wallace.

Hutchinson was also puzzled why referee Darren England only produced a yellow card if he saw contact had been made.

"I didn't really see too much but I don't understand how it's a yellow. If he makes contact with the face then it's a red," Hutchinson said.

"I understand why it would be nothing, or a red. I don't understand yellow. But that's the referee's decision.

"Jed's gone down because he felt contact, so how could it be just a yellow?

"He's [Diedhiou] taking his time to settle, I can imagine it's a lot different to what he's used to. But that's the luxury they have spending that money.

"You can spend as much money as you want, but with the unity and spirit we have that's one of the most important things. I think that's shown this season."

Millwall could have fallen behind in the second half against the Robins when Joe Bryan's shot hit the crossbar. With seven minutes left Tom Elliott's header struck the post as both sides went for the win.

Lions goalkeeper Jordan Archer produced an important save just after the break to keep out Bobby Reid's low shot, and he was solid under crosses after a difficult time against Ipswich. Hutchinson had sympathy for Archer after the goalkeeper let Joe Garner's shot slip through his grasp on Tuesday.

"Even just the step-up in shots from distance, there's a bit more movement on them. It's different and there's an adjustment," Hutchinson explained.

"He tipped one around the post [Saturday]. It's not just Jordan, it's the whole team. We work so well as a team defensively, we always put pressure on the ball.

"It's not just the keeper and defenders who should get credit for the clean sheet, I think everyone deserves it.

"I'm really enjoying it, I had a really good pre-season. I've kept myself fresh. The gaffer and Bloomy [fitness coach Laurence Bloom] have worked really well with me.

"I'm feeling a lot better and really enjoying it."

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John Kelly