Hutton targets Play-Off joy

Remeao Hutton
Remeao Hutton

Blues Under-23s are on the verge of clinching a Play-Off place in the PDL North.

They face Bristol City Under-23s at Ashton Gate on Monday evening (7pm) knowing a victory would secure runners-up position in the league to Leeds United.

That would book a Play-Off Semi-Final against Ipswich Town, the winners of the PDL South.

Remeao Hutton, who has made a successful return to action for the Under-23s, admits that Blues want a tangible reward from what has been a good campaign.

Blues were challenging for the title itself a few weeks back.

“We need to try and do something this season, finish in second place so we can get into the Play-Offs and try and win them,” said the right-back.

“We let it slip in a couple of games. We had a couple of draws. We were neck and neck with Burnley then, and they let themselves slip also, and Leeds capitalised.

“We now just need to keep on going in these remaining games.

“It’s an important one for us at Bristol and it should be a good night – if we get the three points.

“We will be going there to win and hopefully that can take the pressure off us a bit in the last (league) game.

“We can maybe try different stuff, people in different positions. Then when we go into the Play-Offs we will be ready.”

Blues closest challengers are Burnley. The teams are level on 45 points, but Blues have a game in hand and a better goal difference. Burnley’s last match is on Tuesday away at Charlton Athletic.

Crewe Alexandra are also in the mix. They are fourth on 44 points but only with one match to go – away at Colchester United on Monday evening - and with an inferior goal difference.

For Hutton, it had been a season of frustration until he made his comeback, at the start of February.

He broke his foot in pre-season, against Solihull Moors.

“I think the season has gone well for the 23s,” said Hutton, who scored Blues third goal in the 3-1 victory over Cardiff City a week last Saturday.

“When I came back in the team was performing well and I just wanted to help carry that on and add what I knew I could add.

“Personally, it was obviously good to get playing again. I feel like I am getting back to where I was.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. It wasn’t just meant to be.

“I needed to get physically stronger or it was for me to notice that I needed to get technically better.

“I have been putting in the extras to get ready for next season and hopefully I will get a breakthrough then.”

“It was hard the first couple of games, fitness-wise,” he continued. “I felt a little slow.

“But I feel like I have pushed on and maybe this is the best I have been.

“I just want to carry it on into next season.”

As Garry Monk has shown he is not afraid of promoting those form within the Under-23s, Hutton is determined to try and make his mark.

He is targeting following in the footsteps of Wes Harding, Charlie Lakin and Beryly Lubala.

“I have got to work hard in the off-season and show what I can do,” said the 20-year-old.

“I have another contract here, which is great, and if all things go well I will be challenging next season.

“I have got to aim for the top. If I fall short, then a loan won’t be as bad and then you deal with that and go again.

“I am really looking forward to playing in the league, not anywhere else. I am going to push as much as I can.”

Having Paul Robinson on hand has benefitted a fellow defender.

Hutton said: “He is experienced, he has played at the top and played against some of the best.

“He knows how to change your style of play to make it difficult for the opposition, just based on the game or the way it is going, how to adapt to their qualities.

“I feel like he has helped me with my weaknesses. Having him there, it’s extra.”