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Arveladze: ‘A golden point’

16 February 2022

Shota Arveladze hailed a “golden point” for his spirited team after the battling goalless draw at Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield United.

The Bramall Lane stalemate snapped a run of three straight Championship defeats and the boss was thrilled with his side's application, resilience and defensive resolve.

“Absolutely, I am happy to have a point from such a hard and tough game – very delighted,” said Arveladze.

“After last week (against Derby), we had a good game against Fulham. We come over for a very tough away game against a solid team.

“Sheffield United have played for three or four years with the same squad and know each other very well. They play quick and create a lot of space behind the defence and in the pockets.

“It was not easy to follow or defend but we stood up well, even though they had two or three good clear chances – the rest were corners and long balls.

“As a team, we defended very well, which is absolutely great to see. We should have punished them two or three times.

“At the end of the day, it was a golden point for us after three hard games – it was very important to have this point.”

The one downside was the injury-enforced first-half withdrawal of Lewie Coyle, with Arveladze admitting: “I think he has a hamstring problem – we will see after the MRI. I think he will miss some weeks.”

Explaining the decision to replace the right-back with a left-footer in Callum Elder, Arveladze said: “We were thinking of using ‘Dishy’ (Di’Shon Bernard) at right-back – right-footed – but we thought with the experience he (Elder) has, that choice could be better.

“The last four (defence) were all left-footed players – keeper left-footed – so it was all left-footed boys who ended this game!

“Sometimes you have to adapt to a position and he did great.”

Asked about the absences of Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Nathan Baxter, Arveladze said: “So close, so far. Allahyar will need two weeks. Baxter (needs) daily work, daily treatment to see how he is.

“They’re not going to be (back for the) next game.”

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