Shane Long has defended his actions that led to a Hull City penalty against his former club West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Long appeared to go down easily while under pressure from Albion defender Craig Dawson, with Chris Foy awarding the Irish international a penalty. Nikica Jelavic had the penalty saved by Ben Foster, only for Liam Rosenior to head in the rebound.
Long then went on to score himself against his former employers, ensuring the Tigers took a 2-0 win and all three points at the KC Stadium.
Albion have struggled for goals since Long’s £7million move in January, and looked off the pace creatively again on Saturday.
Long took to Twitter immediately after the match to deny Albion fans claims that he dived to win his side a penalty.
Baggies keeper Ben Foster also moved to the defence of his ex-team mate, claiming Long was not the diving type.
I got clipped, no I didnt dive, yeah it was a soft and thats why i didnt claim for it. Anyway a big 3points for us.— shane long (@Shanelong009) March 22, 2014
Bad result today, fans were great again, shouldn't have been a pen but also know @Shanelong009 isn't the sort to dive. Fair play to Hull tho— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) March 22, 2014
The result leaves Hull ever closer to achieving Premier League survival, while Albion are brought back down to earth following their win over Swansea last weekend.
The Baggies face Cardiff at The Hawthorns next weekend, in a game that will go a long way to determining the fate of both teams.