Hull City had been trailing much of the first half and had little to draw confidence from. Then, in a flash, Robert Snodgrass came off the bench and single-handedly put them in front.
An early penalty had the Saints ahead, but a goal from Snodgrass and an assist on the second gave Hull City its third win of the season to pull them nearly out of the relegation zone.
Just five minutes in, Southampton had a penalty as Curtis Davies ripped down Maya Yoshida on the edge of the area, a clear penalty. Charlie Austin converted, and the visitors had an early lead at KCOM Stadium.
With Snodgrass available for Hull City after a long injury layoff, he was forced off the bench after 26 minutes following a non-contact injury to Will Keane, who went down clutching his knee. Bringing Snodgrass on so early was probably not in Mike Phelan‘s plans, but once he was introduced, the hosts began to hold better possession.
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Still, Southampton had the more dangerous opportunities, earmarked by one just before the break as Austin ended up on the ball at the near post, but he was smothered by David Marshall.
Following the break, Jordy Clasie was booked after running through the back of Ryan Mason, and Hull would suddenly go not just level but in front in a blink just past the hour mark, with Snodgrass doing it all.
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The Scotsman, having made all the difference since being forced on, scorched one from outside the box, evening things up. The goal is the fourth of the season for Snodgrass and the ninth for the club this season. Hull wasn’t finished, as moments later Snodgrass sent in a free-kick from well outside the top of the box, and it met the head of captain Michael Dawson, who looped it in past the near post for the lead.
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After going behind, Southampton began to pour pressure forward, looking to get back even. They would get one big chance to pull back level, as Austin was wide open near the penalty area and Ward-Prowse found him, but he took too long on the shot, and under pressure, the weak effort was saved well by Marshall. The 31-year-old goalkeeper stopped another in added time before a ball was cleared off the line off a corner.
Hull’s win draws them level with West Brom on points, although the Tigers remain barely in the relegation zone thanks to a very poor goal differential. For the Saints, they remain stuck in 10th on 13 points, even with Stoke City and one back of Burnley.