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Long's Hull move frustrates Hughes


Shane Long. Picture credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Shane Long. Picture credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Shane Long. Picture credit: David Davies/PA Wire

STOKE CITY boss Mark Hughes admits he was frustrated to miss out on signing Shane Long as the Ireland international opted to join Hull City.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace – the fourth time in the last nine games that City have failed to score – underlined the need for a striker but Hughes was unable to seal a deal for Long.

"We felt we were close on a number of occasions prior to the window opening," said Hughes. "We got close, then all of a sudden you wake up and find that the deal you thought was on the table has gone somewhere else. But we are still in the mix for new players."

Meanwhile, Long's teammate at Hull, Alex Bruce, has hailed the arrival of Tipperary man Long as well as Nikica Jelavic. Injury prevented Long from making his debut on Saturday against Norwich but Bruce is pleased to see Long on board.

"They are a couple of very good signings. Shane couldn't make it but I am sure he will be available for our next league game," said defender Bruce. "I have played against Shane and he's a handful who works hard."

RICHARD KEOGH has praised his fellow Ireland man and Derby County teammate Jeff Hendrick after he successfully took on an emergency defender's role for the Rams.

Midfielder Hendrick had to fill in as a right back for Derby but played a part in a 1-0 win over Brighton which boosted the Rams' promotion hopes.

"I thought Jeff was brilliant when he went to right-back," says Keogh.

"Jeff's a great player. Obviously, he wants to play in centre midfield. That's his best position and where he can add to the team. But I thought he did really well."