Coventry City 0 Hull City 2: Arveladze hopes win sends ‘good message’ to Tigers fans Yorkshire News

Richie Smallwood got the Tigers on their way before Ryan Longman doubled the lead, hitting a half-volley from inside the box.

The Georgian said: “We know we owe our supporters a good home game and this performance will give them a good message to come back and stay close to us.

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“Our performances at home are not as good as away from home, but I don’t think it’s about the character of the team.

Hull City’s Ryan Longman celebrates scoring his team’s second goal. Pennsylvania: Pictures

“We probably have a little more pressure at home to dominate more and we need time for that.”

The win opened a 13-point gap to the bottom three, all but securing Hull’s position in the second tier for a second term following promotion from League One last season.

Arveladze added: “Thirteen points up from the last three: when you win, it’s easy not to look down and not ask what the others have done.

“The games are made less and if you have a gap, it is in your favor. Teams have to win three or four games to catch up.

Hull City’s George Honeyman (left) and Coventry City’s Jake Clarke-Salter battle for the ball.

“It was a good game to watch. We only had one day to prepare and we had a perfect start.

“We created in the first half and we had two or three other chances. In the second half we spent more time defending and we did well”.

Coventry Under-23s head coach Luke Tisdale lamented the Sky Blues’ start to the game after they found themselves a goal behind in the first five minutes and 2-0 down in the half hour.

Tisdale took charge of the match after manager Mark Robins and assistant Adi Viveash tested positive for covid ahead of City’s win over Sheffield United at the weekend, while first-team manager Dennis Lawrence and the goalkeeping coach Aled Williams also tested positive.

The Tigers were ahead with their first attack of the match when George Honeyman’s reverse pass allowed Smallwood to fire his shot straight at Sky Blues stopper Simon Moore, but his effort twisted under the 31-year-old as Smallwood scored.

Coventry reacted well as they went a goal behind and a cross from Gustavo Hamer forced Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram to dive in to prevent the Brazilian’s effort from finding the top corner.

Matt Godden saw his effort blocked before Sheaf lobbed the rebound over the bar.

Arveladze’s men posed more than a threat on the counterattack, notably through Keane Lewis-Potter. The Tigers made it 2-0 when Sean McLoughlin’s knockdown was cleverly brought down by Longman, who hit his half volley off the bar.

Ian Maatsen’s shot on goal appeared to cross Hull’s line, but referee Thomas Bramall signaled for play to continue.

Coventry: Moore, Hyam, Sheaf, Clarke-Salter, Dabo, Allen (Shipley 70), Hamer (Waghorn 79), Maatsen, O’Hare, Godden (Tavares 70), Gyokeres. Unused substitutes: Wilson, Reid, Howley, Bapaga.

Helmet: Ingram, Jones, McLoughlin, Greaves, Longman (Elder 80), Slater (Docherty 74), Smallwood, Fleming, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter, Eaves (Sayyadmanesh 86). Unused substitutes: Huddlestone, Bernard, Cartwright, Forss.

Referee: T. Bramall (Sheffield).

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