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Keeper fumes at Long deal

Last Updated: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:52

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has hit out at the club for allowing Shane Long to leave for Hull City in the January transfer window.

Long came back to haunt his old club as he first won a contentious penalty and then scored the second goal in the Tigers' 2-0 win over the Baggies at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

The result leaves them just three points above the relegation zone and in real danger of going down. Foster admits the decision to let Long leave was difficult to take and the keeper believes the Ireland international's goals could have been crucial in the second half of the season.

"Sometimes I think why did we let him go to be honest with you," he said. "It's not even hindsight.

"He was one of our best players from the last couple of years and it's disappointing that he's no longer here. When he went, it was obviously a big blow for us because we know what Shane does.

"He will give you 110% every single minute of every game. He's a fantastic player and we would love to have him now."

He added: "If you had asked the players, we would have liked to have seen him stay. It's a business at the end of the day, so it's out of our hands."

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