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February 11, 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 23670
José Fonte 69'
Well that's it from me folks - it's been a pleasure and I hope you enjoyed the coverage. It might not have been the goalfest wea all wanted, but there was plenty of goalmouth action to keep us all entertained. I've been Kev Blundell, catch you next time!
Hull, however, will be looking over their shoulder as the teams below them begin to gather pace and they sit without a home win since their 6-0 drubbing of Fulham four games ago.
The win means Southampton leapfrog Newcastle into eighth place in the Premier League, just two points behind last season's champions Manchester United. Most exciting, though, is the fact that their forward line is made up of three Englishmen, and boy are they in form.
Despite the low scoreline, both sides peppered the opposition goal tonight with Hull registering 12 shots on goal compared to Southampton's 16.
Southampton have done an excellent job in seeing this one out. Hull didn't give up at any point, but were unableto break down a dogged Saints defence. Steve Bruce will tell his players not to be too disheartened by their performance.
90' + 5'
FULL TIME! That's it here at the KC Stadium - the referee blows his whistle and Southampton hold on for all three points for their first back to back victories in the Premier League since 2001.
90' + 4'
Huddlestone finds himself deep in Southampton's half with the ball at his feet, but despite there being several Hull players in the box, the midfielder can't find a team-mate and Boruc comes out to catch. Poor delivery really.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
WOW! Jack Cork, who hasn't scored in three years, breaks free in the Hull half and despite having options open, the midfielder hits a screamer straight onto Harper's crossbar. So close to glory from the former Chelsea man.
Aluko's really come to life in the last few minutes. He picks up the ball on the left wing, cuts inside and tests Boruc with a stinging effort that the Polish goalkeeper does well to get to.
Aluko almost makes up for his earlier free kick with a sumptuous ball over the top for Jelavic. The former Everton man gets there ahead of Yoshida, but can't direct his first time effort goalwards.
TOUCH! Jay Rodriguez brings down the ball like a master. He feeds the ball out wide to Luke Shaw who skins his opponent before unleashing a fizzing shot that Harper does well to save. The rebound bounces to Do Prado, but he can't force it home.
We're back to playing head tennis in Southampton's half. You'd think this would be where the home side excel, but Fonte and Yoshida have been rock solid tonight.
It's Aluko! And it's woeful. Such a waste by the Hull forward - Steve Bruce will be fuming with that effort as his side go in search of a late equaliser.
Yellow CardMorgan Schneiderlin
Yellow card for Schneiderlin and a dangerous free kick on the edge of the box for Hull. What can they do here? They've got plenty of options with Livermore and Huddlestone standing over it with Aluko.
The play is held up for the umpteenth time this evening - this time it's Elmohamady who looks like he's jarred his knee. The Egyptian has attempted a whopping 6.5 crosses per game in the Premier League this season.
As you were here at the KC, Hull haven't made much of an effort to get back into the game so far and are struggling to cope with the way Southampton like to control the game. Possession tonight: 42%-58%.
Guilherme Do Prado
Hull's top-scorer in the Premier League this season enters the fray. Can Robbie Brady help Hull back into this game, or is it game over for the home side?
PENALTY SHOUT! But it's turned down. Elmohamady gets away with this one, as the ball clearly strikes his arm after an awkward bounce, but the referee calls it as 'ball to hand' and waves play on.
That goal all came from Chambers persistence to get forward and press the Hull defence, and the youngster is at it again as he steps over the half way line before losing out on possession. He looks a real prospect this lad!
GOOOOAL! GOL GOL GOL! Jose Fonte drills the ball home after a massive goalmouth scramble in the Hull box! Crazy scenes here at the KC - can Hull hit back?
Chambers storms up the right hand side again, and all his effort pays off as the youngster wins a corner for the away side.
Southampton have conceded just eight goals after the 65th minute in the Premier League this season, only Palace and Chelsea have a better record in the last 25 minutes of games. Can Hull breach the Saints defence?
Rodriguez breaks with the ball for Southampton and storms past two defenders. However, his final touch before losing possession pretty much sums up his night in front of goal as the ball bounces away from him and into the hands of Harper.
The Tigers are hunting in packs at the moment, but can't get the ball off Southampton for a sustained period of time. If they're to take anything from this game they need to improve their play when in possession of the ball, otherwise all their hard work could be pointless.
Shane Long looks to have taken a knock, but doesn't want to go off. Who would if you're in the form that he's in? Hull hit Southampton on the break, but Long cannot latch on to a Jelavic knockdown.
Adam Lallana and Steve Davis link up to great effect before the Northern Ireland international plays in Lambert, who shoots across Harper. But the veteran goalkeeper is equal to it and another chance is gone.
Great play Luke Shaw as he dances past first Meyler and then Elmohamady before putting a tasty ball into the box, only for none of his team-mates making much of an effort to get on the end of it.
Hull are giving Southampton too much time on the ball at the moment. Lambert is dropping deep and beginning to pull the strings and the home side will have to watch out for runs in behind their defensive line.
Southampton are pressing high up again and are looking very dangerous. If they do manage to win tonight, it will be the first time since 2001 that they have won back to back Premier League away games.
Dangerous free kick for Hull after Jose Fonte gives away a needless foul on the edge of the box. However, it's a poor attempt by Huddlestone and Boruc catches with ease.
Yellow CardJosé Fonte
We're back underway at the KC and Lallana is straight into the action as he's brought down by Figueroa. The Saints captain takes a knock, but is back up and running about immediately. Good effort!
Luke Shaw will have to watch out in the second half to ensure he doesn't end up getting himself sent off here. The teenager was late with a few challenges, and picked up a yellow card late in the first half.
Hull City have scored just 11 goals in the second half of their Premier League games so far this season, only Crystal Palace have scored less (eight).
Steve Bruce's men weathered an early storm, and will take pleasure from going in at half time still on level terms. They began to create chances as the half went on, and if they up their passing game then they have every chance of surprising the Saints come the final whistle.
Southampton started off brightly at the KC this evening and could have been three up within the opening 10 minutes. However, despite controlling much of the possession, they've barely threatened the goal after the opening moments and Pochettino will be hoping for more from his side after the break.
45' + 7'
After a lengthy period of injury time, the ref blows his whistle and the sides go in at half time all-square. I wonder who can be the decisive man in the second half?
45' + 6'
It's getting sloppy out there as we close in on half time. The ball is constantly changing hands, with poorly timed tackles slowly creeping into the game.
45' + 4'
Drilled in by Huddlestone, but it hits the wall and the chance is gone. Such a waste by the man who will be looking to impress the nation in hopes of gaining a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
45' + 3'
Hull ending the first half on top as they pile the pressure on Southampton's defence, and Shaw shows his inexperience as he brings down Elmohamady on the edge of the box.
45' + 2'
Yellow CardLuke Shaw
45' + 1'
It's head tennis out there at the moment! Every attack Hull seem to make ends up with a flurry of headers on the edge of the Southampton box - each to their own I guess.
Southampton continue to press whenever they can, though. This time it's Luke Shaw - another Southampton academy product - who delivers in a peach of a cross after working his way up the line, but Harper's there to palm it out to safety.
Decent save by Artur Boruc! The ball falls to Jelavic on the edge of the box and after regaining his confidence with a goal against Sunderland on Saturday, the striker unleashes a cracking volley, only to be denied by Boruc.
It's getting a bit scrappy here at the KC - which will probably suit Steve Bruce's men. If they can keep the scores level until half time then they have every chance of taking all three points this evening.
Southampton hit Hull on the counter, and the ball falls to the man every Saints fan would want in Lallana. However, after good initial play by skinning his opponent, the England international floats in a poor ball which is easily cleared.
Hull's time to attack - their poor corner is cleared easily, but the ball falls to Livermore on the edge of the box and as the crowd cries "shoot", the Spurs loanee fires high & wide.
Schneiderlin has begun to find the form that earned him so much praise last season, he brings the ball out with ease and picks out a superb pass before Davies breaks up the play in typically robust fashion.
So close! Jay Rodriguez almost scores a carbon copy of his goal at Craven Cottage last week. He gathers the ball on the edge of the Hull box, looks up to see no-one open, and unleashes and stunning effort - only to be denied by the crossbar.
Reports are coming through that McShane is on his way to hospital to see the full extent of the ankle injury he picked up in the 11th minute. Sounds like he could be out for a while.
Chambers looks a real prospect at the back for Southampton. He loves to get in behind the opposition defence, and looks tidy on the ball - completing 90% of his passes so far. [via Squawka]
Hull are still struggling with their passing, which has now dropped to 55%. They're still creating chances on the break, but will have to make sure they don't give Southampton too much control, or they could be punished severely.
Adam Lallana loves to toy with his opponents. The Southampton playmaker, takes control of the ball in the middle of the park and picks out a pass Andrea Pirlo would be proud of. Unfortunately, Chambers just couldn't reach it and Harper clears.
A cracking move by the home side, they just love to get the ball out wide. This time it was down the right as Meyler and Elmohamady link up to great effect, only for Boyd to head the Egyptian's cross well wide.
Ouch! Hull have completed just 59% of their passes so far tonight, they'll need to improve this if they're to have any chance of taking something away from this game. Southampton on the other hand have completed 82%. [via Squawka]
Huddlestone takes a quick free kick and catches Southampton's defence off guard, but Boruc is off his line like a flash and gathers the ball before Jelavic can get on the end of it.
It looks like we're in for a thriller here at the KC Stadium. Plenty of action at both ends, and with a disruption in Bruce's system so early on, Southampton are bound to find a way through.
Mayhem! Hull go up the other end and nearly score themselves. Shane Long with a fantastic effort and he is only denied by an excellent save from Boruc who tipped Long's header on to the post.
Another chance for Southampton! Davis again the creator, this time from a corner, but Jay Rodriguez's header is cleared off the line to his dismay.
It doesn't look good for Paul McShane. The defender has been injured in the process of trying to prevent Lambert from scoring, and George Boyd replaces the Ireland international after just 11 minutes.
Oooooh! Massive chance again for Rickie Lambert. Davis plays a wonderful through ball that splits the Hull defence and puts Lambert through on goal, but the striker shoots straight at Harper, who is injured in the process.
Southampton's attacking three are looking really lively here tonight, surely it's only a matter of time before they break the deadlock at the KC? Steve Bruce might have to change things up a little earlier than expected.
A lovely ball by the youngster Chambers finds Lallana on the right hand side, who in turn picks out Lambert in the box. You'd put your house on him scoring from there, but the England international fires wide of the goal.
It's been a bright start by the away side, holding onto possession well and they look like they're going for all three points this evening. Hull are pressing well, though, as they always do.
It will be interesting to see how the Hull system works against Southampton tonight. They've started with Paul McShane at right back, but could easily switch to three centre backs if they're struggling.
And we're off! the home side get us underway at the KC Stadium.
We're moments away from the 50th league meeting between Hull City and Southampton, who will come out on top on this wet Tuesday evening. Stay tuned to find out...
Rickie Lambert has been directly involved in 42% (8 goals, 7 assists) of Southampton’s goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
Shane Long has hit the target just twice since joining Hull City from West Brom. However, both of these shots have ended in goals. [via Squawka]
Dejan Lovren has offered his support to his team-mates as he misses out again with an ankle injury… @DejanLovren05: “Come on lads very important game for us tonight! LET'S PLAY COYR.”
Nathaniel Clyne drops to the bench for the visit trip to Hull, and is replaced by the 19-year-old Callum Chambers as Mauricio Pochettino looks for a second successive away win. Other than that slight change in defence, The Saints are as they were against Stoke City at the weekend.
Alex Bruce slots in at centre back as Paul McShane moves over to right back to replace the injured Liam Rosenior, but Bruce senior could change things up at any point and switch to three at the back with Maynor Figueroa and Elmohamady becoming attacking wing backs.
Southampton subs: K. Davis, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Isgrove.
Southampton (4-3-3): Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis; Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Hull subs: Jakupovic, Quinn, Koren, Brady, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko.
Hull City (4-4-2): Harper; McShane, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies; Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Meyler; Jelavic, Long.
First up I’ll give you the team news, then I'll take you through all the key stats and a few players to watch out for. So without any further ado, let’s get cracking with those line-ups!
Good evening ladies & gentlemen! I'm Kev Blundell and as you’re probably aware, I’m here to take you through all the action as Hull City host Southampton in what could be an absolute classic…
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