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Hull City 0-1 Southampton

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Jose Fonte's goal

Jose Fonte scored the only goal as Southampton did enough to see off Hull.

Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, Shane Long heading off a post for Hull and Jay Rodriguez's curling effort coming off the crossbar.

Fonte did break through, though, with an effort awarded via the Goal Decision System after a goalmouth scramble.

Nikica Jelavic and Sone Aluko had late chances for Hull and Jack Cork, who has never scored for Saints, hit the angle of bar and post in the last minute.

Hull dropped down to 13th in the table and are now only three points above the relegation zone, while Southampton are up to eighth, only two points behind Manchester United.

The Tigers' success this season has been based on clean sheets rather than goals and they rarely looked like scoring in a game where they bypassed the midfield and relied on long balls.

The Saints started on the front foot and should have led early on when Rickie Lambert hit a stanchion from 10 yards out.

Hull lost Paul McShane to injury early on when he collided with goalkeeper Steve Harper as they kept out a Lambert effort.

Hull's best chance came when Long hit a post and Boyd's bouncing shot was tipped over the bar by Artur Boruc.

After a scrappy period, the next opportunity came when Rodriguez hit the crossbar with a fantastic curling effort from just outside the box.

Hull 0-1 Southampton: Steve Bruce says 'better team won'

After the break, the Saints continued to dominate possession and Rodriguez and Lambert both had shots blocked before the latter had a low effort from an angle saved by Harper.

When the goal came, it was in a scramble.

Fonte had a header saved well by Harper, Rodriguez's follow-up shot was kept out and Fonte's shot was blocked by Maynor Figueroa. Lambert slammed the rebound in to the net but it was not immediately obvious whose goal it was until the DRS indicated that Fonte's earlier effort had crossed the line.

Jelavic chipped over late on and substitute Aluko forced a low save from Boruc as Hull failed to score in a 12th Premier League game of the season, a joint-second high in the division.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce: "The [Paul McShane] X-rays are clear. His ankle is in a horrible position. We expect ligament damage - we'll find out how bad the injury is tomorrow. It disrupted us for a while.

"Southampton are an excellent side. We had to be at our best and we weren't. We went too long and direct to our strikers too often.

"We have to be honest - the better team won. We were never away from it [the relegation zone]. We've got 12 games to go. We're in a decent situation. It's all to play for."

Hull 0-1 Southampton: We put in amazing shift - Mauricio Pochettino

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We put in an amazing shift. We dominated the entire game from start to finish. We're very happy with the performance.

"The entire team always plays for each other. That's the Southampton way.

"It's very important we take it game by game. We focus on the next game ahead. Now we'll be focussing on the FA Cup game away at Sunderland, which is an important match."

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Line-ups

Hull

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Harper
  • 15McShaneSubstituted forBoydat 12'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 4Bruce
  • 3FigueroaSubstituted forBradyat 76'minutes
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forAlukoat 75'minutes
  • 18Jelavic
  • 21Long

Substitutes

  • 10Koren
  • 11Brady
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Boyd
  • 20Sagbo
  • 24Aluko
  • 29Quinn

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 22Chambers
  • 6José FonteBooked at 48mins
  • 3Yoshida
  • 23ShawBooked at 45mins
  • 18Cork
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 82mins
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 88'minutes
  • 8DavisSubstituted forWanyamaat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 7LambertSubstituted fordo Prado Raymundoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21do Prado Raymundo
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 27Isgrove
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
23,670

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Southampton 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Victor Wanyama replaces Steven Davis.

  4. Post update

    Dangerous play by Guly (Southampton).

  5. Post update

    George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Jack Cork (Southampton) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Adam Lallana.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Guly (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26176348212757
2Arsenal25174448262255
3Man City25173568274154
4Liverpool25155563303350
5Tottenham2514563232047
6Everton25129437261145
7Man Utd25125841311041
8Southampton2610973729839
9Newcastle25114103234-237
10West Ham2677122833-528
11Aston Villa2677122736-928
12Swansea2576123235-327
13Hull2676132531-627
14Stoke2568112640-1426
15Crystal Palace2582151834-1626
16Norwich2667131939-2025
17West Brom26412103038-824
18Sunderland2566132538-1324
19Cardiff2657141944-2522
20Fulham2562172455-3120
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