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It ended all square at Burnley tonight with Hull taking away a point from a 1-1 draw and visiting manager Shota Arveladze was delighted with how tough his side made it for us.

He was quick to say after the game: “I would accept a point here,” and added: “We know it’s not easy to come and play here but we get our chances, we made a goal, we made it difficult for them, which give us a chance to take a point.

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“We knew what they would do so we kept our wingers inside to not let them play open ball too much to the pockets, which they still do, and the goal we received was an example of that. The game gets slower because their central defenders are free and they play to each other. When you make the goal first, it makes them different. They have to rush more, play long more. If you see how many balls our goalkeeper just catches because of the long ball, you could see they have to rush, and when you rush, you make more mistakes.”

Vincent Kompany said after this latest home draw: “If I had to say all the things that I would’ve expected in the beginning of having a very new team which is gelling together, I couldn’t commend enough just how hard my team are working. They’re always pressing hard and fighting for second balls.

“It’s a physical league but we’re up there, and I’m taking a lot of joy in watching them work together. The end product is the harder part of the game, and in our position, it’s going to depend on the amount of chances that we create. There were enough today, but we have to have as many as we can to make sure that we get past teams. If you keep creating chances, it’ll come. There’s more goals in this team.”

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He’s been pleased with the start to the season so far in terms of performance and added: “We’ve played four games so far and I’m saying that over the four games, how many times would you have liked to have been on the opposition team? None of my players will have wanted to, I’m sure.

“We’ll grow consistency and it’ll come for us. Unless you’ve got someone pulling rabbits out of hats, volume and numbers in the box are how goals happen. We had more numbers in the box today than we did against Luton in the first half, and that’s a positive for us.

“Nobody just gives you respect, you have to earn it and you do so with every challenge, having numbers around the ball. It’s part of our identity and I won’t let that change. You have to earn possession by making runs in behind and putting teams on the back foot. I’ve been there before where the last piece of the jigsaw just takes a little bit of syncing. We’ve just got to keep at it.”

He made three changes tonight and one of them saw Jay Rodriguez get a first start of the season. He had a special word for tonight’s goalscorer too. “He’s brilliant,” Kompany said. “Everyone knows with Jay Rod that you have to bear with us because we’re managing him. He’s a special player with quality on the ball, and from what I’ve seen, he’s really enjoying his game at the minute. It’s like a 22-year-old player watching him drinking everything in that you’re saying. It’s easy for me to coach him. We need to keep him fit for as long as we can.”

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