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Arveladze happy after safety confirmed

15 April 2022

Shota Arveladze toasted a job well done after Hull City confirmed their Championship survival with a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City.

Two goals in the first 11 minutes from Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Lewie Coyle secured a first win in seven home matches, despite Aden Flint’s late header.

“Now we can say definitely (we’re safe), it’s good,” said Arveladze.

“It’s lovely and it’s good for the coach and the players – it was great for us and them.

“First half, absolutely good. Second half, we gave the ball a little bit more to the opponent.

“We have to give credit also to the opponent; they changed system in the second half, which gives us credit, because it’s happening more and more against us when after the first half it doesn’t work and the opponent coach goes to something else.

“We had to defend and we did that well. Keano (Lewis-Potter) could kill the game at the beginning of the second half but that’s the way it goes and we’re happy to see what we see.”

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The goal for Sayyadmanesh – on his full home debut – was the Iranian’s first since signing on loan from Fenerbahce in January and Arveladze was delighted to see him get off the mark.

“It’s always great (when a player scores his first goal),” said the boss.

“The striker shows up, plays his first game at home (from the start), makes a goal – it’s for him, for his family, for his friends, for us.

“Still different culture, still different style of game but I think he looks quite solid. I think it looks like he’s played already two, three seasons here, which is also very big credit to the players around him.

“He’s a strong boy, his timing is good, he can hold the play, he can read the game.

“The goal he scored – he read it well, being quick, sharp. It looks easy but it’s not easy to be between the central defenders and goalkeeper, get a good touch first one and then it looks easy, of course.”

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Victory ended a club record-equalling run of six successive home defeats and when asked about breaking that sequence, Arveladze laughed: “I knew this question (about home form) would stop when I win this home game!

“It was quite painful. We’ve been looking every week but we couldn’t do this (win), in front of our amazing supporters to give them a nice feeling.

“We will work on it to give this good feeling to them (again). I think that’s why they (the fans) show because they see these boys showing their character every single game.

“It was a great Friday afternoon for us, for them – let’s celebrate a good day today.”

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced the Tigers would be wearing the blackout away kit rather than the traditional amber and black home strip.

Asked whose decision it was to swap kits, Arveladze admitted: “It was me! It was me who said let’s play with the black shirt! A little superstitious, I know, but sometimes you do this and it works!”

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