Nikica Jelavic and Dame N'Doye could become an effective partnership

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce will be over the moon that his extremely long stay in Paris on deadline day to finalise a deal for Dame N'Doye has paid off.

Not only did the Senegalese international hit the back of the net on his home debut, but he also provided the first goal to his new strike partner to be, Nikica Jelavic.

It was a pleasure to see for the Hull City fans as described by Harry Kemp. He praised the pair and explained: "they are both very similar players and it has already shown the difference between the partnership between Jelavic and Abel Hernandez which hasn't really worked.

"If they continue to work in the same manner they did on Tuesday night, I'm pretty confident that we'll stay up."

The 29-year-old needed an hour extension on deadline day so that a deal could be finalised and when the news came through at midnight, the club announced that he had joined on a two-and-a-half year deal for an estimated fee of £3.5 million.

Upon coming off the bench against Manchester City at the weekend, all he did was win a free kick but he had plenty more to offer in his full debut in front of an enlightened Tigers crowd.

Allan McGregor's goal kick was latched onto perfectly by the forward with a delicate touch where he then played a dummied pass into his new partner, Jelavic whose shot took an almighty deflection to deceive Brad Guzan.

True strikers' goal

N'Doye played consistently throughout the game and he earnt his credit with a true strikers goal; latching onto a Gaston Ramirez header and then following in from a creditable save.

Goals have been a severe issue for Hull this season with Jelavic scoring seven and Hernandez just two before Tuesday night's visit from Aston Villa, but the Croatian increased his tally and the home debutant was rewarded with a well-deserved goal just three days after the East Yorkshire club hit the back of the net surprisingly at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

QPR match looms large

Next up for the Tigers is a huge home tie against fellow relegation fighters Queens Park Rangers who registered their first away points of the season on Tuesday night against Sunderland.

With both sides looking forward and heading up the table, it should be a thrilling tie after a week of FA Cup football.

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