Football - Bruce - We are half way there

Hull boss Steve Bruce has expressed his satisfaction at his side reaching 20 points this term - but stressed that their job is only half done.

The Tigers, who were promoted to the Barclays Premier League in May and widely tipped ahead of this season to be relegated straight back to the Sky Bet Championship, made it to the milestone points tally on Saturday when they drew 1-1 at West Brom, their 17th fixture of the campaign.

At this stage they look on course for survival, given 40 points is generally viewed as the total that will guarantee safety and Hull - currently 12th in the table - still have 21 games to play.

Bruce is certainly not about to take anything for granted, though.

After the game at The Hawthorns, in which the hosts equalised in the 86th minute, he said: "It would have been lovely to have 22 points.

"But getting 20 points by Christmas - if someone had said that to us at the start, then we would have been delighted.

"We are halfway there, but we have to repeat the whole thing in the second half of the season."

He added: "It is always difficult for a newly-promoted club, but we are making a fist of it and you can see from the way they (his players) play that they are a delight to work with.

"They roll their sleeves up, have a go and they are enjoying playing in the Premier League.

"Hopefully we can bring one or two in to give a bit of quality in January. But overall I am delighted."

One player Hull may look to recruit in the forthcoming winter transfer window is West Brom striker Shane Long, who had appeared set to make the switch on the final day of the last window.

Talks took place over a deal, but it failed to materialise and Bruce has indicated he may well try again to sign the Republic of Ireland international.

But with Albion having recently sacked head coach Steve Clarke and Long therefore set to be soon working under a new boss, Bruce is keeping an open mind on the subject.

He said: "A new head coach will come in and who knows?

"If he became available, then I would love to try to do something.

"But we thought we had a deal on deadline day and it didn't quite happen.

"We'll see what the situation is, but we'll respect the fact that he is a West Brom player."

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