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Two of Southampton's England contingent helped move the club third in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 win over Hull City.
Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana were both on the scoresheet in the first half at St Mary's Stadium as Mauricio Pochettino's men made it four top-flight wins in a row at home.
The home side went ahead early on, with Morgan Schneiderlin taking advantage of poor defending in the Hull ranks to head home Lambert's knock-down.
Lallana was instrumental in the second, as he looked to get onto the end of a Lambert pass, only for Steve Harper to take him down.
Lambert emphatically converted the penalty to maintain his 100% record from the spot for Southampton from 33 attempts.
Southampton's third came courtesy of Lallana, after 36 minutes. The 25-year-old jinked his way into the area before calmly slotting the ball past Harper from a tight angle.
Yannick Sagbo pulled a goal back for Hull early in the second half following an error from Victor Wanyama. However, any hopes of a comeback had all but disappeared by the time Steven Davis hit a low drive past Harper in the closing stages.
Hull were unchanged from their last Barclays Premier League outing, when they beat Sunderland 1-0, although there was no place on the bench for Robbie Brady, who continues to struggle with a hernia problem. Southampton were also unchanged, but recalled Pablo
Daniel Osvaldo to the squad with the Italy forward having recovered from a nerve problem. Lambert, Lallana and Jay Rodriguez started for Pochettino, following their England call-ups, while 18-year-old Sam Gallagher made his first appearance in a league squad for Southampton.
Southampton edged a slow-paced opening 15 minutes and were rewarded when Schneiderlin recorded his first goal of the season from close range after 16 minutes. Pochettino's side doubled their lead 14 minutes later, with Lambert converting a penalty after Lallana was brought down in the area by Harper, who was booked.
The hosts continued to demonstrate their clinical streak, edging 3-0 ahead six minutes later courtesy of Lallana's third Premier League goal of the season.
Southampton had kept clean sheets in their previous four home Barclays Premier League games, but Hull got on the scoresheet nine minutes after the break, Sagbo coolly finishing after George Boyd pounced on a dithering Wanyama.
Tom Huddlestone was next to threaten with a long-range effort before Lallana forced a save from Harper after good link-up play with Lambert in the Hull box. Substitute Davis capped off a comprehensive win for the home side two minutes from time, swivelling well and finishing Nathaniel Clyne's cross.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I am very proud and I want to congratulate my players one more time for their effort today, they have done very well. The performance today was outstanding. We don't set ourselves any limits, we can do more. The sky is the limit. We can always do more and more. Every game we see as a final and we just want to keep on collecting more points.
"We are fully aware that we just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. We have to keep on working with the same work ethic so we do not deviate from the path we are on."
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "You can talk about tactics, formations and systems and ours worked perfectly well against Tottenham two weeks ago and we thought we'd go that way again. In hindsight I wish I'd have gone with a back four, we can all say that. You can say what you like about systems but sometimes you just have to say well done to the opposition, today they were the better team by a million miles.
"We didn't get beat in the second half, the first half we were close to getting blown away but they stuck at it. I expected them to stick at it and who knows, if we'd have got the second goal we may have made a bigger fist of it. Overall today, we were just beaten by a far better team than us.
"It's good times if you're a Southampton fan because they have a very, very good side, apart from the obvious ones we know Southampton will be a match for anybody."
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