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9 November 2013
• St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 30022
M. Schneiderlin 16'
R. Lambert 30'
A. Lallana 37'
S. Davis 88'
Y. Sagbo 55'
I bet you Saints fans will be having good evening tonight. Bad luck you Tigers, you were just outplayed today. I have been Hayden Gribble and thanks for joining me this afternoon. Stay classy!
FULL TIME - SOUTHAMPTON 4-1 HULL. The Saints rise up in the Premier League table to sit in the Champions League places as they maje their best ever start to a top-flight season. A barnstorming first half saw the home side go 3-0 through Schneiderlin, Lambert and Lallana. After the break Sagbo capitalised on a lapse in the concentration of the Southampton defence to make it 3-1 but subsitute Steven Davis put the result beyond doubt late on.
90' + 2'
CHANCE! It should be another for the Saints as Rodriguez slides in but sees his effort fly over the crossbar.
There will be FOUR minutes of stoppage time.
GOAL! Game, set and match for Southampton. Clyne gets down the right and finds the substitute Davis with a low cross. The former Aston Villa midfielder controls the ball with a beautiful touch before slotting past Harper from six yards. It's all over now!
Credit to Hull, they have come out with their heads held high in this second half. Steve Bruce will be delighted with their performance after a disasterous first 45 minutes.
CHANCE! On-loan Jake Livermore has a snap at goal from 25 yards but his effort flies high and does little to bother Boruc. Time is running out for Hull now.
Adam Lallana goes off to a deserved standing ovation. His wonderstrike in he first half showed us all why he has earned an England call-up.
We are into the final ten minutes at St Mary's and what do Hull have left in their tank? At the moment, Mauricio Pochettino's men are heading into the top four...
Yellow CardMorgan Schneiderlin
OUCH! Schneiderlin slides in and catches Rosenior on his shin. Surely a yellow for the goalscorer? Once again, Dowd looks away. What does a man have to do to get into the referee's book, steal his car!?
CHANCE! That would have capped a brilliant week for Jay Rodriguez. The Saints man, who received his first England call-up from a watching Roy Hodgson in the week, fails to steer Lallana's cross towards goal at the near post.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
DIVE? Sagbo goes down 20 yards from goal and is adamant he was fouled. But referee Dowd is not bothered and dies not award a free-kick. So, surely the Hull man dived then? That could have been a booking for the forward. We have 15 minutes to go!
Davis concedes a corner to Hull as Danny Graham makes his way onto the pitch. Can he be an unlikely hero for the Tigers?
If Hull can fashion another goal from somewhere in the next ten minutes, what a finish we could have on here at St Mary's!
Arguably, Boruc has seen more action in the last 20 minutes than he has all season. But he has become a spectator once again as the Saints look to have weathered a storm of Hull pressure.
STAT ATTACK: Victory would give the Saints' four successive Premier League home wins for the first time since a run of five straight wins at the Dell between January and March 1999. (BBC Sport)
Hull are really trying to get themselves back in this game. Another Huddlestone corner is dealt with by the Saints defence but there are a few more nerves on show here now.
That substitution might seem a little harsh but then again Wanyama's mistake led to the Hull goal. The lad looks dejected as he goes off.
SO CLOSE! So nearly another for the Saints. Lallana plays a fantastic one-two with Lambert and shoots low from an acute angle. Harper gets down to it and palms it out for a corner. Great game, this!
STAT ATTACK: That goal from Sagbo was the first Southampton have conceded at St Mary's in the league this season.
CHANCE! Do we have a game on here. Huddlestone - who has not scored in the league for two years, drives his shot from distance straight at Boruc. Hull are looking reinvigorated!
GOAL! A glimmer of hope arrives for Hull in the guise of Sagbo. Wanyamareceives a pass from his keeper but makes a casual turn and looses the ball to the opposition. Sagbo receives the ball to his feet just outside the area and he drills it low past Boruc.
STAT ATTACK: The Tigers have scored just two second-half goals in this season's Premier League. (BBC Sport)
If Hull are to get back in this game, you would think that they need a goal in the next ten minutes or so. Boyd drives at the Southampton back four but is crowded out. He could have put Sagbo through, but the striker was finding it difficult to stay onside so the play breaks down.
CHANCE! Lambert finds himself on the edge of the area after an attack from a corner break down.. He swings a cross in right-footed and finds his skipper Lallana, but the midfielder makes little connection to troucle Harper and it is a goal kick.
STAT ATTACK: Southampton had three shots on target in the first half...and scored with every one!
Ahmed El Mohamady
The Saints get us back underway...
What do we expect from Southampton and Hull in the next 45 minutes? More of the same, or damage limitation for the visitors? The teams are back out on the pitch...
HALFTIME - SOUTHAMPTON 3-0 HULL. The Saints go marching on! Goals from Schneiderlin, a Lambert penalty and a wonder goal from Lallana have put clear daylight between the home side and a dazed Hull outfit. No one can say they have not been entertained in this first half. But what will Steve Bruce say to his men at the break? Can he inspire a comeback?
45' + 2'
OFF THE LINE! A glimmer of hope for Hull is extinguished as Figueroa meets Huddlestone's corner but sees his effort cleared off the line. That would have made things interesting!
There will be TWO minutes of stoppage time.
Yellow CardCurtis Davies
That was a definite trip from Davies on Shaw. He protests his innocence, but Phil Dowd puts his name in the book. Not long now until the break.
Huddlestone puts in another good delivery from a corner on the left but Rodriguez is back there to clear the danger. Southampton fans must be on cloud nine!
Champions League, your having a laugh? Well, with the way that Southampton are playing at this moment, I wouldn't put it past them to challenge! What a goal that was from Lallana. Well worth a goal of the month nod!
GOAL! Oh my word, what a way to celebrate an England call-up! Adam Lallana picks the ball up 30 yards out and runs at the Hull defence. He is forced out wide to the left, but retains possession and then manages to cut inside the box and finishes low to Harper's left with a wonderful finish. Sensational!
Once again, Boruc has seen little action between the sticks for the home side. He might as well put a deckchair up at the moment!
Ward-Prowse puts a dangerous ball into the box from a free-kick and manages to win a corner. The resulting set-piece finds left-back Luke Shaw, who puts a searching cross over the crowd in the box and out for a throw-in.
Theres around 20,000 Saints supporters giving a loud hint to the watching England manager. 'He's off to Brazil' is ringing out from the home support. On this form, I'd want him there!
Penalty GoalRickie Lambert
GOAL! One word to describe that spot-kick...wallop! Lambert does his England credentials no harm by smashing the ball past the diving Harper. The keeper went the right way, but he'd have needed a brick wall to keep that one out!
Yellow CardStephen Harper
PENALTY! Lallana goes through one-on-one and is brought down by the on-rushing Harper just inside the box. Definite penalty and now Lambert will step up to take it...
Hull have not had many chances in this game so far. How important will Huddlestone be to the distribution of play for Steve Bruce's side today? The Tigers need to get him involved more.
SHOWBOAT - Hull keeper Harper is played a tricky back pass. Rodriguez races to make life difficult for the former Newcastle stopper, but he calmly dummies the ball and then plays a quick pass to Davies. Nice!
Its all become very end-to-end in the last couple of minutes. Sagbo causes problems in the Southampton box but fails to pick a teammate out of a crowded area and then all of a sudden Rodriguez flies up the left to lead a counter attack, which quickly fizzles out. Thrilling stuff at the moment!
AS THINGS STAND: Southampton are currently second in the Premier League table. They will remain there if Chelsea and Liverpool fail to win this afternoon.
CHANCE! Hull are looking to get back into this instantly and they win a corner on the left. Huddlestone curls it in and McShane rises highest - but the ball sails over the bar.
GOAL! Morgan Schneiderlin has given the Saints the perfect start! Clyne does well under pressure on the right and manages to squeeze a cross into toward goalie Steve Harper's far post. Lambert is on hand to header the ball back across goal for the midfielder who nods the ball into the back of the net. First blood, Southampton!
Rickie Lambert is not a happy man. He goes up in an aerial challenge with Hull's Paul McShane and seems to have been pushed in the back. Referee Phil Dowd waves play on, much to the England International's frustration.
We seem to have hit a patch of momentary calm as both sides are playing some nice football in the middle of the park.
STAT ATTACK: Southampton have won four of their last five games against Hull. Those five matches have produced a total of 20 goals. (BBC Sport)
CORNER: Lallana is causing Figueroa all kinds of problems on the right. He swings in yet another cross and manages to win the Saints the first corner of the game. Luckily - for Hull - they deal with it.
SHOWBOAT! Lallana showboats with a devine turn on the ball on the right-hand side before driving in a cross that Lambert fails to connect with. I can do that..but I don't want to...
What an atmosphere there is here at St Mary's! 'When the Saints Go Marching In' rings around the stadium as Hull look to get an early foothold in the game.
Hull get us underway, kicking from left to right!
That was beautifully observed and as England manager Roy Hodgson takes his place in the stands, we are ready!
Before we get underway, there will be a minute silence for the fallen in the British Armed Forces.
The players are coming out of the tunnel, who else is really looking forward to this one? Good, not just me then!
We are TEN minutes from kick-off time at St Mary's. Who's your money on today? Not long before the action gets underway!
STAT ATTACK: Southampton have allowed only 29 shots on target in 13-14. In the top 5 leagues only Roma (27) and Atletico (28) have allowed fewer. Unit. (OptaJoe)
Would Steve Bruce have predicted that after ten games his newly-promoted Hull side would be tenth in the Premier League? Probably not, but the Tigers have been very exciting to watch so far this term. Steve Harper continues in goal with Allan McGregor still on the sidelines.
Hull: Harper; Rosenior, Davies, McShane, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd; Sagbo. Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Quinn, Koren, Gedo, Proschwitz, Graham. Referee: Phil Dowd.
It was not a good performance from Mauricio Pochettino's men in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland so the Argentine makes ten changes to his side. England trio Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana all start as the Saints look to keep on marching up the table.
Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin; Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert. Subs: Davis, Chambers, Hooiveld, Cork, S Davis, Gallagher, Osvaldo.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live text commentary of the Premier League clash between Southampton and Hull. My name is Hayden Gribble and I hope that I can bring you a sackful of goals in this game between two sides who have been surpassing all expectation this season. But who will come out on top today? Let's get the team news first...
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