Saints marching on, on top, and over Hull after 40 minutes


At St. Mary’s, it’s already 3-0 to the hosts. Southampton have pushed aside Hull City thanks to goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana — and that’s all before 40 minutes are up. Steve Bruce is likely counting the seconds until halftime, but with the tactician normally focused on a solid defense as the best offense, is there much he can say to get Hull back on track?

The Saints’ first goal came courtesy of a header from Schneiderlin. Lambert wedged himself between two Hull defenders to head the pass across the face of goal, and his teammate barreled through to flick on with his head.

Lambert himself scored the second after Hull goalkeeper Steven Harper slid into Lallana. The referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Lambert blasted his shot into the roof of the net, and, after half an hour, it was 3-0 to the hosts.

But it was Southampton’s third goal that was the most impressive. The newly-called Englishman must’ve impressed Roy Hodgson once again with this goal, an individual run that swooped down the left, confusing two Hull defenders. Lallana then cut inside, bypassing Ahmed Elmohamady to put his ball across Harper and into the corner of the net.