Adam Lallana scored an individual goal of the highest quality as Southampton moved up to third in the Premier League with a convincing win over Hull.

He celebrated his England call-up with a wonderful solo run 30 yards from goal and precise finish.

Morgan Schneiderlin headed in the first before striker Rickie Lambert scored a penalty and midfielder Lallana added the third.

Hull beaten by better team - Bruce

Yannick Sagbo pulled one back for Hull before Steven Davis drove in for 4-1.

It was deserved fourth goal for the side, who under manager Mauricio Pochettino look like a team that could challenge for a European spot this season.

They now have away fixtures at Arsenal and then Chelsea, which will serve as a better indication as to where the Argentine's side rank among the Premier League hierarchy.

The Saints were excellent before the break and took the lead in the 16th minute when midfielder Schneiderlin arrived late to nod in after Lambert rose above his marker to head Nathaniel Clyne's right-wing cross back across goal.

Saints soar

  • This is the first Southampton Premier League game to see more than three goals since 16 March - 20 games ago.

They were 2-0 up at the half-hour mark when Hull keeper Steve Harper made an uncharacteristic error of judgement by rushing out of goal and scything down Lallana in a race for the ball.

Referee Phil Dowd booked the former Newcastle player, who was then left rooted as Lambert smashed the ball high into the net.

The moment of the match came just before half-time. Lambert played the ball back to Lallana 30 yards from goal, who left his marker with a Cruyff turn before shifting down the left and into the area where he calmly slotted in from a tight angle. It was a sensational goal and was witnessed by England coach Roy Hodgson.

Hull were awful during that period, but improved after the break. They got on the scoresheet 10 minutes after the restart when Southampton's Victor Wanyama - who was not playing with his team's confidence - was dispossessed by Jake Livermore. The midfielder, on loan from Tottenham, played the ball square to Sagbo, who drilled low past Artur Boruc.

Mauricio Pochettino applauds Southampton quality

That was one of the few lapses of concentration from Southampton, who were jolted back into action by that strike.

They twice could have added a fourth soon afterwards. First, Lallana exchanged passes with Lambert before forcing a one-handed save from Harper and then Schneiderlin's goal-bound drive was brilliantly blocked by David Meyler.

But with two minutes of the match remaining they did breach Hull's defence once more when substitute Davis swept in Clyne's pinpoint delivery.

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I want to congratulate all of my players. They put in an amazing performance - all of them.

"I hope all the players that got called up to their national sides get the chance to play. It would be great for them.

"I think they all have amazing potential, they just all need to keep on developing their football, they all need to keep progressing as football players and playing for their national sides will give them that confidence and chance to perform at a higher quality."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"Sometimes you should hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better team.

"You can see why Southampton are up there and why they have three of their players in the England squad.

"In the first half they made it very, very difficult. Congratulations to them.

"The better team almost blew us away today - you can see they are at top end of their division."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin Booked
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 12 Wanyama (Davis - 63' )
  • 07 Lambert (Osvaldo - 76' )
  • 20 Lallana (Cork - 84' )
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 08 Davis
  • 17 Osvaldo
  • 18 Cork
  • 22 Chambers
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 40 Gallagher

Hull City

  • 22 Harper Booked
  • 27 Elmohamady (Koren - 45' )
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 15 McShane
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 07 Meyler (Graham - 73' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 17 Boyd (Quinn - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 09 Graham
  • 10 Koren
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 18 Nagy
  • 29 Quinn
  • 33 Proschwitz
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 30,022

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

7 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

10 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 4, Hull City 1.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 4, Hull City 1.

90:00 +3:38

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:38

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

90:00 +2:48

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:48

Foul by Danny Graham (Hull City).

90:00 +2:03

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:19

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

89:22

Offside, Hull City. Paul McShane tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

87:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 4, Hull City 1. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

84:18

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

83:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces Adam Lallana.

81:51

Attempt missed. Robert Koren (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross.

81:07

Foul by Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton).

81:07

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:48

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:48

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces George Boyd.

78:33 Booking

Booking Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:20

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

78:20

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:44

Attempt saved. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

76:46

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Pablo Osvaldo replaces Rickie Lambert.

73:49

Offside, Southampton. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

73:13

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Danny Graham replaces David Meyler.

72:22

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Steven Davis.

68:34

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

68:34

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:12

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

67:05

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:05

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

66:25

Offside, Hull City. Steve Harper tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

64:36

Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a set piece situation.

64:08

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:08

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

63:26

Offside, Hull City. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Tom Huddlestone is caught offside.

62:44

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

62:42

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Boyd.

62:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Victor Wanyama.

61:20

Attempt blocked. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Lovren with a headed pass.

60:55

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

60:47

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

60:19

Attempt blocked. Jose Fonte (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

60:17

Attempt blocked. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

59:49

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Meyler.

58:36

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:36

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

57:05

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

54:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 3, Hull City 1. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

52:24

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:24

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

51:56

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

51:56

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:01

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

51:01

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:23

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

47:49

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

47:13

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:13

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 3, Hull City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Ahmed Elmohamady.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 3, Hull City 0.

45:00 +1:46

Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

45:00 +1:29

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

45:00 +0:51

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

45:00 +0:51

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:37 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:31

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:31

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

41:29

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

39:24

Offside, Hull City. David Meyler tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

37:56

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

36:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 3, Hull City 0. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

33:15

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

32:35

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:35

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

31:15

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:15

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

30:42

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:16

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

30:16

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Hull City 0. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

28:44 Booking

Booking Steve Harper (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:21

Penalty Southampton. Adam Lallana draws a foul in the penalty area.

28:21

Penalty conceded by Steve Harper (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

26:46

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

24:45

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:45

Dangerous play by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

23:50

Offside, Hull City. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

22:50

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

22:50

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:14

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:14

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

19:40

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

17:51

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

17:28

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

16:51

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

16:51

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Hull City 0. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

13:52

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:52

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

12:18

Offside, Southampton. Jose Fonte tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

11:34

Attempt blocked. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

6:57

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

2:18

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

2:18

Paul McShane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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