Millwall bid for manager and player March awards

SHAUN Hutchinson has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship player of the month award for March – while Neil Harris is also in the mix for the manager’s gong for the second month in a row.

Harris missed out last month as Cardiff’s Neil Warnock took the award, but Millwall’s record of four league wins in five games made him an obvious candidate for another nomination.

Harris’ Lions are on a fourteen-game unbeaten league run, just two off the best sequence in his time in charge, set last season in League One.

They have confounded expectations this season by giving themselves a chance of a top-six finish with six games left.

Hutchinson has played every minute of Millwall’s league campaign, a remarkable achievement given his injury struggles last season.

The 27-year-old centre-back has formed one of the best defensive pairings in the division with Jake Cooper, and before last Monday’s wobble at Ipswich the Lions had the third best defence in the Championship.

Hutchinson scored his second goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on March 3. He also helped Millwall keep three clean sheets in five games in the month.

Harris has won the monthly award once before, last season in League One after four wins in six games in February.

Aiden O’Brien and Jordan Archer won player awards in 2015-16, while Harris and Steve Morison scooped one each in successive months in 2009-10 on the way to promotion to the Championship.

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