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Bruce hails Long impact

Created on Feb. 01, 2014 2:55 PM EST

Hull City manager Steve Bruce hailed the impact of Shane Long after his first goal for the club secured a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

Long, a January signing from West Brom, opened the scoring on his home debut with a clever finish in the 12th minute.

The Republic of Ireland striker pounced on a flick-on from Nikica Jelavic, who was also making his first appearance for the hosts at the KC Stadium, and produced a composed strike to beat Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham levelled through Paulinho just after the hour-mark, but Jelavic hit the post and went close on two more occasions as Hull finished well.

The result ended a run of four successive league losses for Hull and Bruce was delighted with Long's efforts.

"He is something we have not had before because of his pace, which gets him away from defenders," Bruce said.

"His goal summed it up, he got the flick-on and burst through. He will give us what we have been lacking before.

"I was also delighted for Nikica Jelavic, he could have scored and could have scored against Crystal Palace, and he has only been with us 10 days."

Bruce felt a point apiece was a fair reflection of the match, but cited an "element of luck" in the visitors' equaliser.

"I thought a draw was a fair result," he said.

"There was an element of luck with their goal with Danny Rose smashing a shot, but to be fair to Paulinho he finished it well.

"We had arguably the better chances but we have got off 23 points and we were on that for a long time."

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