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Arveladze: ‘We want to react again’

11 March 2022

Shota Arveladze will be looking for another positive reaction when Hull City travel to Birmingham City.

The Tigers were beaten 2-0 by West Bromwich Albion last time out – a fourth consecutive home reverse – but have fared much better on the road of late.

Unbeaten in the last three away games, Arveladze’s men responded to the previous defeat against Barnsley, also by a 2-0 scoreline, with a convincing 3-0 win at Peterborough United.

And having also picked up creditable draws at Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers over the last month, the boss has called for his team to show their character.

“We want to react again,” Arveladze said.

“We’ve had some good performances in very hard away games and we’ve got results. We come back home and we want it to continue but then we've seen what's happened.

“The positive thing is we react well. The boys are really positive and come back with their chins up, to go again, show their character, show their will. They want to improve, work hard.

“We want to deliver this again to the game field and get points out of that.”

The Georgian was pleased with aspects of the last performance against the Baggies and says training has been productive ahead of the trip to the Midlands.

“Even though we had a bad result, we had a lot of positive things in the game,” he said. “We want to see this more in games, we want to deliver this more.

“We had a good full week to train and prepare for another very important away game. It’s been a week where we could really concentrate on our good and strong sides.

“We’ve worked well and we’ve done our homework to go and play this important game.”

Victory at St Andrew’s would complete a first double of the season, after goals from George Honeyman and Mallik Wilks secured a 2-0 victory in the November reverse fixture.

Arveladze, though, believes Lee Bowyer’s Blues, who won 2-1 at Bristol City in their last outing, are a tougher proposition now key players are returning from injury.

“They have some very interesting and special players in their squad – good individuals who can decide a game themselves, individuals who have just come back from injury and make them stronger,” he said.

“They could play two different tactics – diamond sometimes, five at the back – they could do this during the game and make it difficult. They are a strong, physical, solid team and if you let them play, they will show what they can do.

“We have to look at what we can show them and our own stengths.”

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