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Arveladze looks ahead to Luton

18 March 2022

Shota Arveladze says his team owe the fans a performance on home soil ahead of the visit of fifth-placed Luton Town.

Victory at Coventry City extended the unbeaten away run to five matches – although the Tigers have lost the last four at home.

A large crowd is expected at the MKM Stadium, with the club offering £2 tickets and opening the West Stand Upper for the first time this season.

And Arveladze is keen to reward the City faithful with a first home victory since the end of January.

“My first game was Swansea – not an easy game to win (2-0) – and we did well,” said Arveladze.

“Since then, we’ve lost four in a row. We look for each game (for the same as Swansea).

“We feel we owe this to the supporters because they want to come (and watch us), they travel so far with us – they give us a lot of energy.

“It’s fantastic to see the boys after the game go close to them, some of them throwing their shirts (into the crowd) – this is what it’s all about.

“We go to the next game and we will do our best to show the best performance to win the game, with that feeling we owe them.

“I want to show this crowd, the supporters, the performance we showed in the away games.”

Nathan Jones’ high-flying Hatters will be far from easy opponents and climbed into the play-offs after thrashing Preston North End 4-0 in midweek.

“They are very organised, very physical, very direct,” Arveladze commented.

“They’ve been on a good run if you see the points (they have picked up) and the standing they have.

“It’ll be a very tough game, as is every game. They’re a little bit (of a) different type (of team) to Coventry and the other teams we’ve played in the last five weeks – a very tough opponent.”

Tomorrow’s game is the last before the international break, during which young forward Keane Lewis-Potter will link up with England Under-21s after receiving his first call-up.

“It’s quite an honour for Keane and we’re all proud,” Arveladze added.

“I wish ‘Greavesy’ (Jacob Greaves) had also been called up and I think he would have deserved it, but it’s good motivation for every young boy here and in the academy as well.

“Most important is to go there and show (what you can do) there, be a number one there.

“He will grow with this, he will be a better player, he will be a more experienced player. At this young age, this is a very important thing.

“We’re proud and supporters are proud. This is something where you get back what you give it.”

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