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Arveladze salutes fans after opening-day triumph

31 July 2022

Shota Arveladze saluted the Hull City supporters for driving the team on to a dramatic 2-1 opening-day comeback victory over Bristol City.

Jean Michael Seri’s deflected 94th-minute strike sent the majority of the 16,667 crowd delirious after Ozan Tufan’s emphatic penalty had cancelled out Andreas Weimann’s first-half opener.

It was the first time since the opening day of last season, when Grant McCann’s men battled back to thrash Preston North End 4-1, that the Tigers had come from behind to win.

And Arveladze, who handed full debuts to four summer signings including both goalscorers, with fellow new boy Benjamin Tetteh coming off the bench to win the penalty, was understandably thrilled.

“Even though we stay 1-0 down, it was an even game – they had chances, we had chances,” he said.

“We keep going because of the supporters – they help us a lot and give us extra energy, which sometimes you want to find in the last half an hour. That’s all together.

“They assist the energy to the boys and the boys use that energy and finish the game.

“The most important thing was to show this great atmosphere we want to get better, we want to every single game fight.

“This is a long process, sometimes we’re going to lose, sometimes we’re going to win, but we’re going to look forward to such afternoons to celebrate together.

“We needed a result, energy, atmosphere – we needed everything. We needed a good start, this adrenaline, which we have to find.

“That was what the public create today – give us incredible huge energy for the whole season.”

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