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Arveladze happy after Coventry win

16 March 2022

Shota Arveladze was a happy man after watching his team produce the best performance of his tenure in the impressive win at Coventry City.

First-half goals from Richie Smallwood and Ryan Longman secured a deserved 2-0 victory over the play-off chasing Sky Blues, extending the Tigers’ unbeaten away run to five matches.

“I’m really pleased,” said Arveladze.

“Really, really happy to see the performance, see the team on their toes from the first minute until the last, playing a great first half with creating chances and scoring goals, defending second half as a team.

“It’s great to see as a manager when the team feedback from the sessions, from the games – good or bad, lucky or unlucky.

“It’s a massive three points we had. It’s maybe the best one (game in charge).”

Arveladze continued: “The first half, we really played good. We create well, we score chances, we didn’t give much (away to the opposition). The second half, we defend well.

“At the end of the day, 90 minutes, we knew it was (going to be) a tough game. It’s a good team, good players, we had a massive three points and we’re really pleased.”

Arveladze sung the praises of his skipper for his influence on the game and over his teammates.

“Richie is very important on the field,” he said.

“He’s the one who organises the team very well. He’s kind of the coach on the field.

“He sees inexperienced boys behind him, inexperienced boys in front of him. He’s the bridge between the frontline and the backline. He does this every game.”

There was a moment of controversy in the closing stages as Coventry felt the ball had crossed the line – but Arveladze felt the officials were right not to award the goal.

“The video I see, it was no goal,” he said. “Plus, the technology says it was no goal.

“The referee looked to his watch, that means the technology is on, and the video I see, there was no goal.”

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