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Arveladze calls for consistency

8 April 2022

Shota Arveladze has called for his side to turn performances into points on a more regular basis.

The Tigers have lacked consistency since the Georgian’s January arrival, faring well on the road but struggling at home, losing the last match 1-0 to Huddersfield Town.

And the 49-year-old – whose team are unbeaten in five away from home – wants to see an improvement in form over the final six games.

“It’s about the results, of course. We cannot hide,” said Arveladze.

“You cannot say we’ve done this good, this part we’ve been good – we want to combine these two things (performances and results) together. That’s where we struggle.

“We’ve had a good run of away games. Sometimes we get a good result because we play good.

“Sometimes we don’t get a good result but it was a game we really done well. It is very important to combine these things.

“We’re in that process when we want to see this altogether constantly and not one week, then not the week after.

“It’s the last part of the season, we need points and we have to get points – this is very important.”

Match 41 of 46 takes the Tigers to Teesside where they will face a Middlesbrough side challenging for the play-offs under Chris Wilder, having also reached the FA Cup quarter-finals this season.

Boro’s eight-match home winning run was ended by champions elect Fulham in midweek – and while Arveladze knows they will be a tough proposition, he wants City to play their own game.

“If you look at the past this season, they’ve beaten Man United, Tottenham, played Chelsea and given them a good game,” Arveladze said.

“The Fulham game was very tough, very tight, could have ended (with victory for) both sides, which shows how good they are.

“You see the options they have and especially the home games they are really good.

“I always say to the boys that we prefer to play our own game while we are preparing also for the way the opponent plays.

“If you combine these two together, take away from them what they do well, and put our own (game), we will have something out of this game.”

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