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Arveladze in high spirits after Forest draw

7 May 2022

Shota Arveladze was in high spirits after Lewie Coyle’s last-gasp equaliser rescued a dramatic final-day draw against play-off bound Nottingham Forest.

Brennan Johnson’s clinical 92nd-minute penalty looked to have decided a well-contested affair in front of the MKM Stadium’s biggest league crowd in five years.

But Coyle’s wicked curling cross, which just evaded Keane Lewis-Potter and nestled in the far corner, ensured the Tigers ended the season with a well-deserved point in 19th place.

“Crazy! If someone would know the last three minutes would be like this, they would just show up last five minutes – two minutes to enter, three minutes to watch!” Arveladze joked.

“But I think the whole 90 minutes was quite tense, good game, some chances both sides. Good team, I have to say, controlled the game.

“We tried to defend high a little bit, more organised, keep them on the one side and get our chances also, which we get – two or three good chances.

“We didn’t give much away – at the end of the game, (there were only) three or four shots faced to Nathan (Baxter).

“Generally, (it was a) good game for supporters and the last goal was always nice to score.”

Coyle’s goal sparked jubilant scenes and when asked if the right-back was still celebrating, Arveladze laughed: “If he’s not, I’ll have to tell him to go again!

“Last second, public emotions, it’s the last game of the season and the next few months you not have games, it’s something you take with you, which is amazing.

“You see in football it’s unbelievable – two seconds makes people (feel) absolutely fantastic. The energy you get from the public, you cannot buy that. It was a great end.”

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