By Richard Cawley
Shaun Hutchinson was the beneficiary of goal-line technology at The Den – and admitted he did not even know the stadium had it installed.
The Millwall defender netted for the second time this season in the Championship but it was not clear from open play if the ball had crossed the line. And even Hutchinson was far from certain his left-footed shot had been enough to draw the Lions level in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
“To be honest I wasn’t sure at first [it had gone in],” he said. “I didn’t think it had. But the referee had his goal-line technology on his wrist and thankfully it was a goal.
“I wasn’t even sure we had it at The Den. The biggest clubs always have it but when I saw him look at his watch and point to the halfway line, I was over the moon. VAR is a different story, but the goal-line technology is definitely good.
“I was happy with another goal but I wish we had three points instead.
“At the end of the first half the fans weren’t happy – you can see their frustration. But that shows how far we have come when you are playing Sunderland at home and the fans are booing us at half time.
“We’re frustrated as well. We saw it as an opportunity to push ourselves on and get three points but it is what it is. They are fighting for their lives and made it difficult for us.”