06/11/2016: Hull 2-1 Saints

Saints somehow came away from Hull with nothing, having been 1-0 and in control at half-time. The visitors played reasonably well throughout, but switched off for both Hull goals and didnít make the most of their chances at the other end.

Saints predictably dominated possession early on, working the ball slowly in midfield. The visitors almost let Hull in on 5 minutes, with Jose Fonte making a slack back-pass. Saints recovered the ball and went straight down the other end and won a penalty. Maya Yoshida was tripped by Curtis Davies. Charlie Austin stepped up and sent David Marshall the wrong way.

Saints upped the tempo after going ahead and managed the work some good attacking sequences in the final third. Hullís defence looked disorganised with the visitors finding space out wide. Saints werenít quite aggressive enough to make the dominance count, however.

A series of stoppages midway through the first-half took the sting out of Saintsí flow momentarily. Claude Puelís men struggled to make many meaningful openings in front of goal. Jordy Clasie couldnít quite get on the end of Nathan Redmondís through ball on 43. Austin then tested Marshall at the near post after hooking on to Redmondís perfectly weighted pass.

Saints looked to be in complete control at the start of the 2nd half, working some impressive interchanges close to the opposition penalty area. Redmond had a shot easily gathered by Marshall after Michael Dawson had earlier made an important block. On 59 Dusan Tadic had an effort deflect out for a corner.

Saints were given a warning they did not heed on the hour, when Harry Maguire got in at the back post and side-footed the ball wide. A minute later Hull were level. Sam Clucas cut the ball back to Robert Snodgrass, who smashed it into the back of the net. On 63 the home side sensationally turned the game on its head, taking the lead through Dawson. The former Tottenham defender nodded in high from the centre of the box.

Saints took a while to regain their composure after going behind, but soon began to dominate again. On 76 Austin forced a good save from Marshall when he might have been better off playing in Steven Davis, who was free to his right. On 79 James Ward-Prowse Ė just on as a substitute Ė almost caught out Marshall with a clever free-kick. Jay Rodriguez provided a cross to the centre of the box on 81, which just missed Austin.

Saints played at a high tempo during the last few minutes, working a few half-decent openings before ultimately coming away with nothing. On 87 Marshall made another save down low to his left after Austin was presented with the ball in the centre of the area. Austin had yet another shot blocked after a mad scramble in the box. Right at the death Yoshida was denied with a header at the far post. From the resulting corner, Clucas cleared the ball off the line.

Saints will be wondering how they came away pointless from the game. There appeared to be very little danger of a Hull comeback at the start of the second-half. Saints were in control and playing good football. Defensively both were poor goals to concede, but the team really should have killed things off at the other end before it even got to that point.

Player Ratings

Forster: 6. Didnít have a great deal to do outside of picking the ball out of his net twice

Yoshida: 7. Got forward to good effect and barely put a foot wrong defensively

Fonte: 6. Looked a bit awkward on the ball at times, but reasonably solid at the back

van Dijk: 7. Fairly strong in the air and on the ground as you would expect

Bertrand: 6. Linked up fairly well going forward, without being overly troubled at the other end

Romeu: 6. Usual battling display

Clasie: 6. Broke forward a bit more than usual. Passable in midfield

Davis: 6. Involved in some good moves going forward

Tadic: 6. Showed some decent trickery in spells, without that killer instinct

Austin: 6. Scored the penalty, but decision making in front of goal from that point on left a lot to be desired

Redmond: 6. Made some decent runs and a few intelligent passes

Substitutes

Boufal: 6. A few eye-catching moments of skill

Ward-Prowse: Made a decent impact with his set pieces and in-play delivery

Rodriguez: All action style gave Saints hope late in the game

Match Details

Hull: Snodgrass (61) Dawson (63)

Saints: Austin (6)

Attendance: 17,768

Referee: Graham Scott

Hull line-up: Marshall, Maguire (Huddlestone 74), Dawson, Davies, Elmohamady, Henriksen, Livermore, Mason, Clucas, Hernandez (Mbokani 9), Keane (Snodgrass 26)

Jakupovic, Tymon, Meyler, Bowen

Saints line-up: Forster, Cedric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg (Reed 78), Davis, Redmond, Austin (Rodriguez 75), Boufal (Long 66)

Subs not used: Taylor, Martina, Yoshida, Clasie,