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.

Southampton end away problems

Southampton have won back-to-back away Premier League games for the first time since September 2001, 104 matches ago.

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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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 15 McShane (Boyd - 12' )
  • 03 Figueroa (Brady - 76' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 21 Long
  • 18 Jelavic
  • 07 Meyler (Aluko - 75' )

Substitutes

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

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 22 Chambers
  • 23 Shaw Booked
  • 04 Schneiderlin Booked
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 20 Lallana (Ward-Prowse - 88' )
  • 18 Cork
  • 07 Lambert (Do Prado - 77' )
  • 08 Davis (Wanyama - 93' )
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Clyne
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 27 Isgrove
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 23,670

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

4 7

Corners

2 2

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +5:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +2:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Victor Wanyama replaces Steven Davis.

90:00 +0:55

Dangerous play by Guly (Southampton).

90:00 +0:55

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

89:57

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

89:28

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

88:01

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.

87:42 Substitution

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

86:17

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

86:15

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.

85:27

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

82:22

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

81:44 Booking

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

81:32

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

81:32

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

81:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:52

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

78:07

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

78:07

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

77:22

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

77:22

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

76:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Rickie Lambert.

75:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robbie Brady replaces Maynor Figueroa.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces David Meyler.

73:19

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

73:19

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 0, Southampton 1. Jose Fonte (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

68:26

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:25

Attempt saved. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a cross.

67:54

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

63:03

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

60:33

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:33

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

56:29

Offside, Southampton. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

55:55

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

53:09

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a headed pass.

53:07

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

51:18

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a cross.

48:26

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

47:40 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:35

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

47:35

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

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +6:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +5:58

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

45:00 +5:03

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +5:03

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

45:00 +4:29

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

45:00 +2:55

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:55

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

45:00 +1:45 Booking

Booking Luke Shaw (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:38

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

45:00 +1:38

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:01

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

45:00

Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

41:12

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

38:07

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

36:06

Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

34:55

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

34:31

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

31:53

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

31:17

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

31:17

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:05

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

29:35

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:35

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

21:23

Attempt missed. George Boyd (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

19:21

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:21

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

17:06

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

17:06

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:35

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

13:29

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

13:26

Shane Long (Hull City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

12:13

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

11:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Paul McShane because of an injury.

11:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:17

Delay in match Paul McShane (Hull City) because of an injury.

7:27

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steve Harper.

7:24

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis with a through ball.

5:01

Offside, Hull City. Paul McShane tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

4:01

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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