Written by HullCityJournals
Hull city’s home comeback win against Southampton almost felt like an away game due to having many fans not turning up.
Southampton started strong, piling pressure and pinning Hull back in their own half right from the very start. In the first-half ‘the tigers’ had only one chance, this was when Hernandez latched onto a loose back pass from Southampton’s centre-back Jose Fonte, but only to hit the cross too hard for Keane to even get a touch on it. This let the boys from St. Mary’s stadium break away swiftly, Hull’s turned down transfer Charlie Austin ran at the defence and Davies did well to push him away from goal, who then only could give away a foolish penalty. Austin coolly dispatched his penalty down the middle.
Hull city 0-1 Southampton
It could only get worse for City as both strikers Hernandez and Keane went off injured at 9 minutes and 18 minutes, this made way for Mbokani and Snodgrass to return from injury, and I think these two changed the game as Hull got progressively better from 20 minutes on.
Tadic was shown a yellow card for a horror tackle on Ryan Mason, which I felt was very lucky to not be shown a red, for a dangerous, high studs-showing tackle.
Hull city were lucky to go in at half-time only 1-0 down.
The second half looked almost like a repeat of the first, constant pressure, but the KCOM boys were resilient, instead this allowed them to grow back into the game, they found themselves far up the pitch for the first time in a long while, a Mason throw in from opposite the box to Clucas allowed him freedom to run forth, square a pass back to Snodgrass and smash home from 13 yards. Well deserved!
Hull city 1-1 Southampton
Less than 2 minutes later city found themselves up the pitch again, a rare free-kick for the tigers was put in by the goalscorer himself who now became the man who got the assist of the winning goal, a delicious ball put onto the head of Dawson which allowed him to loft a ball over the Forster in-goal, what a way to make up for your own-goal against Watford!
Hull city 2-1 Southampton
I think Phelan was justified in his faith to keep Marshall in-goal as I have given him my three points. A superb super-sub from Robert Snodgrass left him involved in both goals (2 points) and a good defensive display from Clucas leaves him with 1.
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