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Shane Long of Hull celebrates with fellow goalscorer Nikica Jelavic. Photo: Mike Hewitt /Getty Images

Shane Long of Hull celebrates with fellow goalscorer Nikica Jelavic. Photo: Mike Hewitt /Getty Images

Shane Long of Hull celebrates with fellow goalscorer Nikica Jelavic. Photo: Mike Hewitt /Getty Images

SHANE LONG wants to enjoy a stress-free Premier League campaign for the rest of the season as the Ireland striker feels that Hull City's draw with Fulham – secured thanks to a Long equaliser – has secured their top-flight status.

Long, 27, scored his fourth goal of the season for Hull – his ninth overall this term including his strikes for Ireland and West Brom – as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Fulham.

"I think we are safe, it's a tall order for anyone below us to catch us now," said Long, who will of course miss Hull's FA Cup final clash with Arsenal next month as he's cup-tied.

"We have Aston Villa next up and we'll look at that as a chance to get three points but the pressure is off us, we can go out and enjoy our football now and try to finish as high up the league as possible," added Long.

"To be fair to them they really had a go in the second half, went 2-0 up. But it was nice personally to get the equaliser and keep them six points behind us with two games left.

"At 2-0 down we kept digging away, we knew we'd get chances and luckily one fell on my head at the back post, it was a great ball in and it was nice to get the point."

Target

A share of the spoils saw Felix Magath's side remain in the league's bottom three with just two games left to secure another season of top-flight football.

A trip to Stoke next Saturday is followed by a home game against London rivals Crystal Palace on the final day, with Brede Hangeland targeting maximum points.

"I think we need to win the last two," the defender said. "That is clear for everyone to see. Is that impossible? No, it is far from impossible. Of course we can do it.

"It is all about doing the business next week and then the week after and hoping that will be enough. It is a massive game next week and we have to win that."


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