Sheffield Wednesday defeated Aston Villa 1-0 at Hillsborough.
The two clubs headed into the campaign widely regarded as frontrunners for promotion, what with Wednesday reaching last season’s playoff final and Villa coming down from the Premier League.
In an evenly-contested Championship match, the Owls ultimately came out victorious courtesy of Argentine attacking midfielder Ferndano Forestieri’s winner five minutes from time.
The Owls favourite will no doubt grab the headlines for giving his side all three points, but it was versatile player Hutchinson who was without doubt the game’s outstanding player.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Chelsea man put in a defensive masterclass as he contributed in a number of key areas over the course of the 90 minutes.
Partnering Tom Lees at the back, Hutchinson posted an impressive six interceptions, six defensive duels won, six ball recoveries and a whopping 16 effective clearances as he kept Villa at bay.
In possession, he was as calm as ever and posted the highest pass-accuracy rate of any player out on the pitch, taking 65 touches and competing 95.1% of all his inteded passes.
The 27-year-old is predominently a holding midfielder, but his versatility means that he can feature at both right-back and centre-back - giving boss Carlos Carvalhal plenty of options.
It was a good opening day win for the Yorkshire side, and with expected promotion rivals Newcastle United, Derby County and Brighton and Hove Albion all failing to win, it gives them a decent platform to work off.
General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium