SHAUN Hutchinson has a simple message for Cardiff boss Neil Warnock: “Bring it.”
Warnock was furious with Millwall’s approach when the sides drew 0-0 earlier in the season, pointing to one Hutchinson tackle on Junior Hoilett that he felt should have resulted in a red card.
But Millwall were also aggrieved in that game when Lee Gregory was hauled down just outside the box by Sean Morrison and Cardiff escaped sanction.
After that first game, Warnock described Hutchinson's tackle as "horrendous" and added: "We'll have to be ready when we play down at their place, won't we, because we'll have to match their physicality to start with."
Hutchinson is expecting a “feisty affair” at The Den on Friday night, when two of the sides with the lowest passing stats in the Championship go head to head.
“If that’s how he wants to come at the game, then bring it,” Hutchinson said. “That’s what we pride ourselves on. There aren’t many teams who get stuck in as much as we do.
“To be fair they’re a same sort of version, they don’t like tika-taka football. They like to get it forward quickly and are very physical in the tackle.
“It will probably be a feisty affair and one you have to roll your sleeves up and be ready for.”
Millwall are exceeding expectations this season, 12 points clear of the relegation zone and having added impressively to their squad last month.
But Cardiff are also proving people wrong, and are still in the hunt for automatic promotion.
“They’re up there and fair play to them, they’ve had a great season and will be looking to continue that Friday," Hutchinson said.
“We’ve beaten some big teams at The Den and come Friday night we’ll be looking to win. We’ve also signed some cracking players in January.
“We’re looking good at the moment.”
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Read Shaun Hutchinson's full interview in Thursday's edition of Southwark News.