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Burnley 0 Hull City 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Hull City 1: Quinn fires Tigers into second as Bruce ploy pays off

John Edwards


22:17 GMT, 11 March 2013



01:55 GMT, 12 March 2013

Steve Bruce had good cause for a jubilant two-fisted salute after his double substitution helped lift Hull into second place in the Championship at Turf Moor on Monday night.

In a game where quality was as low as the sub-zero temperature, little had gone right for Hull prior to Bruce sending on Jay Simpson and Robert Koren in an attack-minded change in the 64th minute.

Just two minutes later, Simpson controlled a Koren pass with his back to goal and quickly relayed it to Stephen Quinn, whose unerring left-foot volley flew low past Lee Grant on its way into the net.

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

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It was enough to lift Hull above
Watford into second, and a relieved Bruce could afford to smile as he
said: ‘It was a great result that puts us in a great frame of mind for
the weekend, but I think Sky viewers might have been switching over to
the History Channel long before the end.

‘If you lot managed to scribble
anything worthwhile from that, then good luck to you. ‘It was never
going to be pretty on a horrible night, and it was a case of battling
for everything we got. I felt we had to try and win the match with the
substitutions, but I didn’t expect it to happen inside two minutes.

‘This is a crazy league, with nothing
much between top and bottom, but we have given ourselves a wonderful
chance of going up. We’ve got Watford at home in a couple of weeks and
we are really looking forward to the challenge.’

In a first half full of misplaced
passes, Burnley carved out the only semblance of a goal threat when Ross
Wallace went on a purposeful run and let fly with a 25-yard drive that
had keeper David Stockdale stretching to tip over.

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

There were few signs of improvement in
the second half, though Grant was finally extended in the 52nd minute
when George Boyd set up Gedo for an angled drive that was pushed round
the post by the diving Burnley keeper.

Bruce decided it was time for a change
and he can scarcely have made many better judgments as Hull manager as
his two substitutes combined to set up Quinn for the cleanest of

Charlie Austin headed narrowly wide in
the last minute of added time to leave Burnley manager Sean Dyche
admitting: ‘It was nearly but not quite, and we are paying the price for
playing with fear.

‘Too many are not playing with the freedom and effervescence you need to affect games.

‘There is an expectation level, but I have told the players they have to deal with that.’

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

Gedo handed Grant a more thorough examination in the 53rd minute, drawing a sharp near-post stop after Boyd rode a couple of challenges in midfield to play him through.

In response Dyche sent on Vokes in place of Treacy and the Wales international striker almost made an immediate impact when he looped a glancing header from Charlie Austin's right-wing cross past the far post.

Steve Bruce went one better in the 64th minute with a double change, Koren and Jay Simpson replacing Bruce Jnr and Gedo, that paid instant dividends.

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Koren drifted into space on the right and his cross found Simpson, whose calmly rolled pass teed-up Quinn to finish clinically.

Burnley failed to mount a sustained response, Vokes seeing a first-time effort deflected behind by Chester in the 75th minute, and when Austin hesitated in a promising attacking position by turning back and hitting a pass out of play the locals showed their displeasure.

The 26-goal striker has scored his side's only two goals in the past six games and might have levelled late on had he not misjudged a header from Vokes' centre.

Blackpool v Hull – match report

Blackpool 0 Hull 0: All square at Bloomfield Road with keepers on form


18:16 GMT, 1 January 2013



00:37 GMT, 2 January 2013

Goalkeepers Matt Gilks and Eldin Jakupovic earned their respective sides a share of the points with crucial second-half saves in a game of few chances at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Gilks pulled off a flying save to keep out Hull midfielder David Meyler's goalbound shot in the 60th minute, while opposite number Jakupovic was at full stretch himself to turn away a vicious 25-yard effort from the home side's coveted Thomas Ince in the 85th minute.

Thomas Ince shoots

Spurned: Both teams had good chance to win but were denied at either end

Jakupovic, a Bosnian-born Switzerland international, then made another fine save in the second minute of time added on to keep out Seasiders' substitute Nathan Delfouneso's shot and ensure Hull stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches.


Blackpool: Gilks,Eardley, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Crainey, Osbourne, Sylvestre, Basham, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 80),Thomas (Delfouneso 66).

Subs: Halstead, Kevin Phillips, Cathcart, Martinez,Harris.

Booked: Taylor-Fletcher.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Rosenior, Meyler, Evans (Bruce 83), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Simpson 46), Aluko (Proschwitz 46).

Subs: Amos, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana.

Att: 13,691

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Hull, who had won six of their previous seven npower Championship matches, remain second in the table, while Blackpool, for all their late pressure, have now won only one of their last six league matches.

Midfield pair Ludovic Sylvestre and Isaiah Osbourne, plus defender Neal Eardley returned to Blackpool's starting line-up, while Liam Rosenior stepped in at right-back for Hull in place of the injured Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neither side could fashion a chance worthy of note in the first 20 minutes save for Hull's on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler, who dragged an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area off target.

The visitors threatened again in the 22nd minute when striker Sone Aluko flashed a 25-yard shot wide and it was not until the 29th minute that Blackpool's coveted winger Ince fired his side's first shot on goal straight at Jakupovic.

The Seasiders enjoyed their best spell from the half-hour mark, with striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince both prominent, but failed to test Jakupovic again before the half-time whistle.

Steve Bruce

Stalemate: Steve Bruce's side remain in second place after today's draw

Hull manager Steve Bruce replaced Aluko and midfielder Robert Koren for strikers Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson at the interval and the latter was straight into the action when his header from Rosenior's cross forced Gilks into a smart save 90 seconds after the restart.

Gilks then held Hull midfielder Robbie Brady's 20-yard free-kick as the visitors went in search of the breakthrough.

Meyler, who has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Tigers, went closest to the game's opening goal with a superb strike in the 60th minute that prompted a spectacular save from Gilks, whose outstretched arm turned the goalbound shot away for a corner.

Blackpool were dealt a blow soon after when striker Wes Thomas was forced off injured and replaced by Delfouneso before Sylvestre had a rare shot on goal for the home side, firing an angled drive just wide.

The game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter when Blackpool defender Chris Basham fired a 25-yard effort over the crossbar, while at the other end Hull midfielder Corry Evans spurned a gilt-edged chance when he failed to keep his shot from inside the area on target.

Jakupovic flung himself at Ince's 25-yard shot in the closing stages to push the ball away to safety before Delfouneso blazed over the crossbar from inside the area in stoppage time.

Hull 2 Leeds 0 – match report

Hull 2 Leeds 0: Quickfire double from Evans and Meyler sends Warnock's Whites packing


14:27 GMT, 29 December 2012



14:40 GMT, 29 December 2012

Premier League hopefuls Hull overcame their problems in front of goal to see off a woeful Leeds side at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are in the thick of the promotion race and cemented themselves in second place heading in to 2013 with this win, eventually brought about by goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler.

Prior to Evans' 52nd-minute opener it had looked as though the one thing to have blighted Hull this season – a dismal lack of goals – would haunt them again, but once the seal was broken they did not look back.

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt


Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Evans, Koren (Proschwitz 76), Faye, Aluko (Simpson 89), Elmohamady (Rosenior 82), Quinn, Meyler, Brady

Subs not used: Amos, McShane, Cairney, Olofinjana

Goals: Evans 52, Meyler 55

Booked: Brady

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Hard fought: Sone Aluko tries to hold off Leeds United's Jason Pearce

With no possession to speak of, Leeds
reverted to unsavoury methods of staying in the game, with Aidy White
and McCormack booked for late challenges and Michael Brown shown a
yellow card for refusing to step off the field while he received

The pattern of the match continued
into the second half, Aluko drilling just wide after cutting in, with
Paddy Kenny then doing well to get down and deny Meyler after Brown's
error had set Hull free.

Aluko then turned Pearce inside out
and flashed a cross-cum-shot across goal which Koren should have turned
in, but the latter was more effective with 52 minutes gone as he laid on
Evans' goal.

His neat reverse pass put the Northern
Ireland international in down the right-hand side of the box and,
without a moment of hesitation he rammed a low drive across Kenny and
into the bottom corner.

It was no more than Hull deserved, in
fact another couple of goals would have been justified, and one arrived
three minutes later as Meyler, due to return to Sunderland tomorrow,
rose to head in Robbie Brady's corner at the near post.

Only the theatrics of Kenny from Brady
and Koren's wasteful follow-up denied Hull a third, with other near
misses coming and going as both sides happily saw the game through to
its conclusion.

Hull 0 Leicester 0 match report

Hull 0 Leicester 0: Honours even as promotion chasers play out a damp squib on Humberside



18:27 GMT, 26 December 2012

Hull were unable to provide any kind of celebration on their 10th anniversary since moving into the KC Stadium following a goalless draw with fellow promotion chasers Leicester.

Not even the return of former Tigers boss Nigel Pearson was enough to enliven a cold and damp afternoon on Humberside as both sides failed to live up to their lofty positions in the npower Championship table.

Jay Simpson saw a shot cleared off the line by Richie De Laet in the first half, but otherwise Pearson engineered a rearguard to frustrate his second-placed former employers.

It was the Foxes third successive match without scoring, highlighting Pearson's desire for a striker in next month's transfer window, but it was a point earned for the visitors after back-to-back defeats.

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City


Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 84), Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans (Cairney 71), Koren, Quinn, Brady, Aluko (Rosenior 84), Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Amos, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 46), Whitbread, Morgan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Marshall, King (Gallagher 82), James, Nugent (Waghorn 67).

Subs Not Used: Logan, Dyer, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet, Whitbread

Attendance: 20,321

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Pearson left the KC Stadium in acrimonious circumstance to return to Leicester 13 months ago and the home fans took little time to remind of their antipathy towards him – directing a couple of derisory chants as their team made the best of the opening exchanges.

Simpson turned a weak side-footed shot wide when well placed before Paul Konchesky was forced into an awkward headed clearance inside his own six-yard box.

Leicester were hardly on the back-foot though and, with David Nugent playing on his own in front of a five-man midfield, they began to settle into a period of possession.

It prompted the Foxes' best spell of the first half and midfielder Anthony Knockaert should have rewarded them only to waste a hat-trick of chances inside a 10-minute period.

The Frenchman twice shot wide of the left-hand post before spurning the best of his opportunities with a scuffed effort after Konchesky pulled a cross back to the penalty spot.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic then needed a strong arm to keep out Danny Drinkwater, after Knockaert this time opted to pass, but the away side's attacking vigour soon subsided.

Instead they were left attempting to quell the increasing threat of Sone Aluko, back in the starting XI, as he began to busy himself in the hole behind the striker.

After Abdoulaye Faye headed a cross at the back post into the side netting, Aluko jinked his way into space only for Kasper Schmeichel to expertly tip away his low shot.

Aluko set up the best chance of the first 45 minutes moments later when he snuck a pass behind the defence for Simpson. The striker looked certain to score when he rounded Schmeichel but Richie De Laet was alive to the danger and got back to clear off the line.

It was De Laet's last major involvement as he was replaced at the break by Liam Moore who survived a nervous moment shortly after as appeals for handball were waved away.

Leicester almost stole ahead against the run of play on the hour when Faye sliced an attempted clearance just wide of his own goal.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, though, as the match deteriorated in driving rain.

Ben Marshall almost fooled Jakupovic on 72 minutes with a well-hit 20-yarder before the keeper made heavy work of keeping out Paul Gallagher's deflected free-kick.

Hull made a late push for the points but Schmeichel twice denied Simpson, latterly when the striker headed straight into his arms at close quarters.

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0 – match report

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0: Tigers growl but can't break staunch Eagles defence



22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Hull failed to make their dominance count as Steve Bruce had to settle for a goalless draw against former club Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers boss watched his side produce a superb performance against the Eagles, who he managed for a short spell in 2005 before leaving to take up the hotseat at Birmingham.

However, City were unable to convert their chances with Robert Koren – making his 100th appearance for the club – firing over from close range midway through the first half when the goal was at his mercy.

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed


Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, McShane, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 83), Koren (Proschwitz 76), Evans, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko (Mclean 76).

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Faye.

Booked: Meyler, Brady, Mclean, Rosenior.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie, Easter (Wilbraham 61).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah, Gabbidon.

Booked: Easter.

Att: 16,656

Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).


The visitors seemed to be feeling the
effects of seeing their 14-game unbeaten run come to a halt at Leeds on
Saturday, but could have won it with the last kick of the game, only for
David Stockdale to deny winger Wilfried Zaha.

The draw sees Hull drop a place to
sixth in the npower Championship, while Ian Holloway's outfit stay a
point behind leaders Cardiff, who were held at Derby, after failing to
find the net for the first time this season.

City went close to making the
breakthrough in the third minute, but Koren and David Meyler could not
get on the end of a dangerous Robbie Brady ball that fizzed across the
six-yard box and out of play.

Palace responded and on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale had to be alert to stop an angled drive from Yannick Bolasie.

Koren was guilty of missing a glorious chance to make his side's dominance count in the 24th minute.

Ahmed Elmohamady's persistence on the
right saw him deliver a cross that fell to the influential midfielder
just six yards out, but he leant back and blazed the ball over the top.

The Hull captain was aggrieved not to
be given a penalty when his blocked shot rebounded on to a Palace's
defender's hand in the box before Stephen Quinn volleyed wide in the
35th minute.

Hull started the second half where
they left off in the first and Julian Speroni had to parry a Quinn shot
to safety, while Sone Aluko curled a 25-yard free-kick just over.

The Tigers kept knocking on the door
and Quinn wasted another chance, flicking an Elmohamady cross wide,
before Koren failed to breach the defences of Speroni.

Hull were fortunate not be reduced to
10 men with 14 minutes remaining when last man Brady was only booked for
bringing down Zaha 25 yards out.

Bolasie had a chance two minutes from
time, but he shot wide after latching onto a short back pass, while
Speroni, diving to his right, produced a wonderful save to deny
substitute Aaron Mclean moments later.

Zaha – linked with a January move to
Arsenal – almost snatched the three points for Palace deep into stoppage
time, but Stockdale was on hand to deny him.

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: match report

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: Hudson strike maintains Bluebirds' 100 per cent home record


17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Cardiff recorded their eighth successive home win this season with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull.

Heidar Helguson's third-minute header looked set to be the only goal until captain Mark Hudson threw himself at Aron Gunnarsson's cross with eight minutes to go.

Robert Koren's goal in the 90th minute made the home side sweat in the closing seconds but they held on to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudosn's strike

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudson's strike

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Kiss 19), Hudson, Turner, Taylor,
Noone, Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mason, Helguson (Gestede 66), Kiss (Ralls 46).

Subs not used: Lewis, Conway, Frei, Nugent.

Booked: Kim, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 3, Hudson 82.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane (Brady 56), Faye, Elmohamady, Evans, Koren,Quinn (Mclean 75), Simpson (Meyler 56), Aluko.

Subs not used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Goals: Koren 90.

Attendance: 20,058

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

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Manager Malky Mackay responded to his
side's 5-4 defeat at Charlton last time out by making three changes
with Kevin McNaughton, Gunnarsson and Kim Bo-kyung coming back into the

Steve Bruce, taking charge of a team
for the 600th time, made just one change with injured son Alex being
replaced in defence by Abdoulaye Faye.

Cardiff have made a habit of starting
games well and they scored within the opening five minutes for the
third time in their last four games when Craig Noone stood up a cross
for Helguson, who nodded home after three minutes.

The chances continued to flow freely
for the Bluebirds with Hudson's header rattling the bar and Joe Mason
and Gunnarsson also having chances.

The Tigers began to come back into
the game as the match headed towards half-time. Koren, who shone
throughout for Bruce's men, had a shot blocked and then Sone Aluko's
effort went over the bar.

Jay Simpson did have the ball in the net just before the break but it was ruled out for offside.

Noone had been in fine form for
Cardiff in recent weeks and he was only denied on 55 minutes by the feet
of Ben Amos after the former Brighton winger cut inside his marker and
lashed a low shot towards goal. A minute later Helguson failed to test
Amos when he headed just over when unmarked.

Bruce sent on David Meyler and Robbie Brady but it was Koren who had the next chance, firing a snap-shot wide from 18 yards.

At the other end referee Iain
Williamson waved away penalty appeals from the home side after Joe Mason
felt he was fouled inside the box. It was then Noone's chance to
threaten the Hull backline with two shots in quick succession, the first
was blocked and the second was kept out by Amos.

Aluko then came incredibly close to
his seventh goal of the season in the 70th minute with a 25 yard
free-kick that clipped the bar.

Peter Whittingham then tried his luck
from a free-kick only to see Amos to make a sensational save but just a
minute later Hudson's flying header set them on course for the three points.

There was still time for Whittingham
to hit the bar with a 30 yard free-kick before Koren set up a
nail-biting finale with a stunning 25-yard volley.

Asamoah Gyan set to leave Sunderland on 10m deal with Al-Ain

Forgotten man Gyan set to quit Sunderland for good in 10m deal with Al-Ain



21:00 GMT, 1 May 2012

Asamoah Gyan looks set to complete a 10million permanent move to UAE club Al-Ain this month.

The Ghana international, who has spent the majority of the season on a 200,000-a-week tax free loan deal, is surplus to requirements under Martin O'Neill.

Megabucks: Asamoah Gyan (second right) is earning big in the UAE

Megabucks: Asamoah Gyan (second right) is earning big in the UAE

Leicester have had an offer for Hull midfielder Robert Koren rejected.

They have also made offers for Hull defender James Chester and Manchester United duo Ritchie de Laet and Ezekiel Fryers.

Hull City 0 Southampton 2: Saints stretch Championship lead

Hull City 0 Southampton 2: Saints stretch their lead with tidy away win over Tigers



22:09 GMT, 20 March 2012

Southampton did their hopes of promotion to the Barclays Premier League no harm with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Hull.

Jack Hobbs' own goal and a second half Jos Hooiveld effort proved the difference at the KC Stadium as the npower Championship leaders made the most of promotion rivals Reading and West Ham squandering points.

While Southampton are now unbeaten in 11 league matches, it was a predictably tight encounter between the second tier's tightest defence and top scorers.

Saints go marching: Jack Hobbs' own goal put Southampton on their way

Saints go marching: Jack Hobbs' own goal put Southampton on their way


Hull City: Mannone, Rosenior, Dawson, Chester, Hobbs, McKenna (Evans 63), Koren (Mclean 46), Cairney, Fryatt, Brady (Stewart), King

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Dudgeon

Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Fox (Harding), Hooiveld, Schneiderlin, Cork, Guly (De Ridder 50), Lallana, Puncheon (Hammond 62), Lambert

Subs not used: Martin, Sharp

Goals: Hobbs o.g. 14, Hooiveld 59

Bookings: De Ridder

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 18,066

Hull came into the match on an 11-game unbeaten run of their own, but that looked under threat from the outset.

Having made two impressive early
saves, Vito Mannone had to pick the ball out of his own net after just
14 minutes when Hobbs directed a Danny Fox cross into his own goal.

Adam Lallana wasted a good chance to
extend Saints' advantage moments later, before Josh King hit the bar at
the other end and Robbie Brady fired over with the goal gaping.

Hull were made to pay for their
wastefulness in the 59th minute when Jose Fonte crossed for fellow
centre-back Jos Hooiveld to net his sixth goal of the season and wrap up

It was Southampton that started the
brightest at the KC Stadium, with Rickie Lambert forcing Mannone into
action after eight minutes.

The Hull goalkeeper stopped the
striker's header with ease and was forced into action again moments
later to prevent a Lallana effort sneaking home.

King forced Davis into a superb
one-handed save as Hull voyaged forward, although they were soon picking
the ball out of their own net.

Left-back Fox fired a low driven ball across the six-yard box and Hobbs turned into his own net under pressure from Lambert.

Pleased: Rickie Lambert turns away after the deadlock is broken

Pleased: Rickie Lambert turns away after the deadlock is broken

Get in: Southampton captain Jose Fonte celebrates Jos Hooiveld's goal

Get in: Southampton captain Jose Fonte celebrates Jos Hooiveld's goal

Moments later Southampton should have
doubled their advantage, although Lallana was guilty of fluffing his
lines after rounding Mannone.

The chances seemed to spark Hull into life as they dominated proceedings for the remainder of the first period.

Manchester United loanee King hit the
crossbar with a well-struck half-volley in the 25th minute, before Hobbs
missed the chance to make amends for his earlier mishap by heading wide
from a corner.

City continued to press for a leveller
that should have come in the 35th minute through Brady, who somehow
blazed over when it looked easier to score from a nicely-weighted King

No dice: Saints' key player Lambert is dispossessed by James Chester

No dice: Saints' key player Lambert is dispossessed by James Chester

The Tigers again came close as
half-time approached after slight hesitancy at the back, but Fonte
redeemed himself to block a Robert Koren effort.

Hull boss Nick Barmby replaced the former Slovenia international with Aaron Mclean in a bid to freshen up his attack.

The alteration failed to bring about
the change City had hoped for, though, as Southampton's centre-backs
conjured up their second goal of the evening in the 59th minute.

Tricky: Hull try to get to grips with Adam Lallana

Tricky: Hull try to get to grips with Adam Lallana

Fonte found himself in an unusually attacking position on the right flank and delivered a cross that defensive partner Hooiveld converted from close range.

There was a rather subdued atmosphere in the KC Stadium as Hull struggled to penetrate the visitors' defence.

Barmby's man rallied in the final 10 minutes – with Davis producing superb saves to thwart King, Tom Cairney and Cameron Stewart – but Southampton did enough to hold out for three points.