Sunday 22 October 2017

Slick Saints slay Tigers

Southampton 4 Hull City 1

Simon Peach

Southampton's rise shows no sign of abating and manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned the best is yet to come.

Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Steven Davis netted in a terrific performance by Saints.

"I want to congratulate all of my players," Pochettino said. "They put in an amazing performance – all of them. They had a great performance and I am very pleased with all of them."

The win against Hull was Saints' fourth league win in succession, making this their best ever start to a top-flight season, trumping the 1983-84 campaign when they finished runners-up. Lallana has been key to that success and produced another man-of-the-match display against the Tigers, as well as an exquisite solo goal.

Picking up the ball midway through the opponent's half, the Saints captain drifted to the left, rode the challenge of Curtis Davies and ghosted past Ahmed Elmohamady, before slotting home right-footed past Steve Harper from an acute angle.

"Little by little he is showing the amazing football he has inside. He has a great talent and is an amazing player," Pochettino said.

Pochettino has a growing list of admirers, though, and Hull boss Steve Bruce admits Southampton are a formidable force in the Premier League.

"Maybe Southampton are not a small club anymore and maybe they do have enough to compete at the top end of the table," said the City boss, who saw Yannick Sagbo net a consolation goal for the Tigers.

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