Key Quotes from Shota Arveladze as Tigers defeated by Preston North End
HULL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Hull City's manager Shota Arveladze looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Preston North End at KCOM Stadium on February 5, 2022 in Hull, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Hull City Head Coach Shota Arveladze was left disappointed at his side’s defeat that ended the Tigers’ winning run since Acun Illicali came in as owner of the club last month.

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Tom Eaves had two efforts denied – one by goalkeeper Daniel Iversen and the other by the linesman’s offside flag as Hull drew a blank for the first time in four matches.

  • ”It is not easy to lose this way”

I think for every manager it is not easy to lose this way, but the next game is very soon. That is the most important to get that right,” said the Georgian after the game.

He made only one change from the win over Swansea City last time out, with Nathan Baxter being replaced by Matt Ingram following an illness before the game.

He was quick to admit Preston’s change in midfield was where the game was lost and admitted his side needed to do more.

  • ”We were not at the top level”

We lost the extra man in midfield when they made the change and ourselves, we could do more when we had the ball,” he said. “We were not at the top level. Second half we started this way, and we were trying to find the best way to attack, but we could not do it.”

Hull have a tough schedule coming up, and he admitted he has some big decisions to make with Derby County away coming up on Tuesday night.

I need to see and see which players understand the game better,” he admitted. “Every game will give us a clear picture of this, and I have to act on this in training sessions”.

  • “We had a tough afternoon – we need to taker shower and have a nice coffee“

He was typically philosophical and calm when questioned about how he and his players will react after the defeat. He remained calm in the press conference and seems to be a character the fans warm to even if the performance was disappointing with his quips and phrases.

We had a tough afternoon – we need to taker shower and have a nice coffee,” he mused. “Then we can start to think about the next game.”

With new signings all on the bench today, the likes of Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Regan Slater and Liam Walsh will all be pushing for a start this coming midweek.

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