Southampton managed to capitalise on one of Hull's many woeful errors throughout yesterday's 1-0 win at the KC Stadium, in what could have been a severe thrashing.
Making his home Premier League debut was third choice keeper Eldin Jakupovic, who wasn't so warmly welcomed by the fans when his poor clearance from a back pass was lashed in from 40 yards by Victor Wanyama to claim his third goal of the season.
Due to their rampant run in the league Southampton currently sit second in the table, and after the goal, the Saints faithful began to chant "we're going to win the league". On this evidence of their recent run of form you can't blame them for being buoyant to say the least.
Tigers actually made very bright start
But those chants were soon silenced after a long and claustrophobic 10 minute spell of sheer pressure from the home side. Mo Diame, Hatem Ben Arfa and Robbie Brady seemed to create the most danger on the right hand side but not one of their agonising crosses could be diverted goalwards.
After the pressure had worn off, Saints began to have a few chances of their own. Shane Long, who returned to his former club on Saturday, was unlucky not to double the visitors' lead when his header looped over the bar.
Saints rearguard continues to look strong
As the second half endured, Southampton's impressive defensive record, which happens to be the best in all four divisions, looked to be extended as the Tigers looked reluctant to apply any pressure or effort for that matter.
Southampton weren't too harsh on Hull though as they eased the pressure themselves, but if any side were to score, it looked most likely to be the visitors.
And Ronald Koeman's side nearly doubled their lead when Graziano Pelle's overhead kick rebounded out to Steven Davis, who was met by the sprawling hands of Eldin Jakupovic.
Steve Bruce left with plenty to ponder
Davis had the opportunity to wrap the game up for good in virtually the last kick of the match but he could only blaze his shot over the bar before Graziano Pelle hit the side-netting from a tight angle.
Steve Bruce criticised his players after the game and said that they "failed to put in maximum effort". The Hull boss will be looking to end their scoreless run next week as they travel to bottom of the league and winless Burnley
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