Football - Bruce confident of mid-table

Steve Bruce was a relieved man having seen an end to Hull's barren run after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

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The result gave Hull a four-point buffer over the bottom three and, with B£14million worth of January signings impressing in the shape of goalscorer Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, he hopes to stay clear of the scrap.

"We had a tough January so we're delighted we've got a point. It could have been three - I thought we arguably had the better chances in the game - but Tottenham are always a threat going forward, they ask all the questions," he said.

"I thought it was a terrific game of football and we're delighted we've got something out of it to get us moving again because we've been stuck for a month, so it's nice to get moving again at last.

"Shane gives us something we've been missing - pace. Once he goes through, you know he's going to run away from everybody.

"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."

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