Three points and a clean sheet pleased Shaun Hutchinson as Fulham ended the season with victory over Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.
The centre-back returned to the Fulham defence as Slaviša Jokanović’s men defeated the already relegated Trotters 1-0 through Tom Cairney’s 77th-minute strike to sign off the 2015/16 campaign with victory.“There wasn’t a lot to play for and it can be quite hard to get the pace up to where it should be in those sort of games,” Hutchinson told the official website.
“But from the start we were dominant and we probably could have scored a few more. It took us a bit longer than we would have liked to make the breakthrough, but I felt we were always in control and Ben Amos made some excellent saves for them.”
Fulham were largely untroubled at the other end as the Whites earned just their sixth clean sheet of the season in all competitions and their first since the 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic in SW6 in February.
“It’s nice to have a clean sheet, we’ve not had one of them in a while so that’s another positive,” continued Hutchinson. “At 1-0, though, you’re always wary and I had the Ipswich game in my mind where we conceded a late equaliser.
“You know what it’s like in this league, if you don’t give yourself a bit of a cushion you can get worried. But they only really had one chance at the end and that was a Neil Danns shot that deflected just past the post. Overall, we defended well and we were compact as a team.”
Hutchinson’s appearance against the Trotters was only his 11th of an underwhelming campaign for both player and club.
“It’s been a rollercoaster for me this season, it’s not gone as I wished, but it’s not gone as a lot of people would have wished,” added Hutchinson. “I think I’ve been unlucky but that’s football, when your luck’s in, your luck’s in. It was good to end the season on something of a high.”