Long is content to adopt the role as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
He said: "It is hard work on your own but we do play football. It means there are not many balls launched up to six feet tall centre-halves to come climbing over the top of me!
"James Morrison keeps threading those balls through and I thought he should have got man of the match at Villa. He was brilliant at picking people out."