Hero Hulse's perfect goal

Sheffield United

ROB Hulse today explained why his "perfect goal" can help catapult Sheffield United to Premiership survival this season.

Hulse, whose second-half strike against Liverpool saw Neil Warnock's side come within a whisker of inflicting a surprise defeat on the 18-time champions, is again expected to spearhead United's attack when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.

The summer signing from Leeds immediately repaid a substantial chunk of United's 2.1 million investment with an all-action debut display which not only underlined his ability to carve a successful career at the highest level but also that of his teammates'as well.

Hulse told The Star that Saturday's 1-1 scoreline could be the catalyst for a sequence of results which ensures United are playing top-flight football again next term.

Meanwhile, Phil Jagielka's decision to sign a new long-term contract which ties him to South Yorkshire until at least 2009 represents an other major boost.

"We've drawn with Liverpool and we were sat in the dressing room a little disappointed," Hulse revealed.

"And I think that says a lot about our attitude.

"We can take so much from that performance and it should give us the confidence to press on. The manager came in and told us he was delighted with us but that there are areas where we can still improve and we know that.

"The important thing is that we've given ourselves a platform.

"We didn't show any fear and why should we?

"Our first objective is to make sure we reach safety and then we'll look to press on from there.

United travel to the capital later today confident that Hulse's partnership with Danny Webber, which instantly gelled against Liverpool, will prove prolific enough to steer them away from the drop zone.

"To score on your debut is great, to score at home even better and to score it at the Kop end is perfect," Hulse added.

Jagielka agreed terms for another three years with an option for a fourth hours before kick-off. Stephen Quinn has also agreed to stay until 2010.

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