THE pressure now off after his home debut for Hull City yielded a goal, Shane Long is confident that he can strike up a good partnership with Nikica Jelavic for the Tigers.
Roy Keane chose well when it came to his weekend scouting duties as he turned up at Hull to see their Premier League clash with Spurs, where Paul McShane, Robbie Brady, David Meyler and Long all started for Steve Bruce's side, Long giving Hull the lead with his first goal for the club though Spurs pegged the Tigers back to 1-1. But Long says he has already established a good partnership with Croatian Jelavic.
"He's got a lot of attributes and was unlucky with one or two chances today, but I'm looking forward to the partnership we can have," said Long.
"They showed a lot of faith in my ability, following up what happened in the summer, and I know the gaffer wants me to play like I can.
"Hopefully we can bring something to the squad, get a few more goals and the quicker we get to 40 points and safe the better.
"I think our team is definitely good enough to be here next season and hopefully we can start looking up rather than down."
Bruce needs the two strikers to deliver, having spent £14m on the pair last month, but already he is pleased with what he's seen.
"Shane gives us something we've been missing – pace. Once he goes through, you know he's going to run away from everybody," says Bruce.
"I thought him and Jelavic were a handful for Tottenham all day long. Once we got the ball forward, they cause problems and I'm looking forward to working with them over the next few months.
"Let's hope they're the two strikers we need to make sure we stay in this division. That's the aim."