The Saddlers were rusty having not played for a month due to the recent adverse weather conditions, and Hutchings said: "For the first 20 minutes it looked as though we needed a game. But to be fair both teams did well on a very difficult pitch.
"Troy (Deeney) had a great chance to equalise at the end but the Brighton defender got in a great block.
"I thought we deserved a draw and we should have had a penalty in the first half when Darren Byfield was brought down from behind.
"It's a pity to lose after the ground staff and the chairman had worked tirelessly to get this match on."