Shota Arveladze wants to end the season with a ‘good feeling” when high-flying Nottingham Forest visit the MKM Stadium.
The Tigers are 18th heading into the final round of Championship fixtures, having comfortably achieved the primary aim of survival in the club’s first season back at this level.
Although safe, Arveladze is keen to finish 2021/22 on a positive note after the disappointing 5-0 defeat to Bristol City and give the supporters something to cheer ahead of the summer break.
“It was quite painful (at Ashton Gate),” said Arveladze.
“The boys always train well and they always react the way they have to. It was just a bad game.
“The players want to go out and play the way they’re used to playing, the way they want to play, that’s the way I’m looking also.
“We always want to go with a good feeling, of course, and not the feeling we have now.
“Four games to go, we done not bad after winning some good games, played some good games. Even we lose away game (at Millwall), we had a good game there, little bit unlucky.
“Then we had this Bristol City game, nobody wants it to look like that, I think they all realise this.”
Steve Cooper’s third-placed Forest saw their automatic promotion hopes ended by a 1-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth but are guaranteed a play-off place, and Arveladze knows it will be a challenge.
“They’ve had a great second half of the season, get so much points, scoring goals, good team,” he said.
“This team, in five minutes, could have been in the Premier League – that’s the team you guys challenge at home.
“If you see their previous games, they hardly change their team, which gives them good shape and a good feeling. They have quality, you can see that.”
As the curtain comes down on another season, Arveladze reflects with pride on his team’s efforts.
“Every club had their own targets this season – some were reached, some were not,” Arveladze added.
“The target from Hull was to stay and be safe, build on something (League One promotion), which the boys did four games before the end, which is a big relief.
“Some good games, good goals, good memories.”