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Southampton v Hull City – 9th November 2013

Southampton v Hull City – 9th November 2013

Adam Lallana of Southampton beats Steve Harper of Hull City

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 in front of coach Roy Hodgson, who saw the Saints score three in the first half.

Morgan Schneiderlin headed in the first before striker Rickie Lambert scored a penalty and midfielder Lallana added a third after a jinking 40-yard run.

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.

Saints soar

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

They now have away fixtures at Arsenal and then Chelsea, which will test 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.

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 Howard Webb 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.

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.

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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