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Sunday 4 December 2016

Saints keep faint hopes of top four finish alive with Hull win

Southampton's faint top-four hopes were given a boost as James Ward-Prowse and Graziano Pelle ended long goal droughts to leave Hull deeper in the relegation mire.

This has been a remarkable season at St Mary's, with Ronald Koeman's side confounding the naysayers to such an extent that a highest finish in three decades is a realistic prospect.

Bettering the fifth place of 1985 looks a big ask but not impossible after Ward-Prowse's penalty and a late Pelle strike secured Saints a hard-fought 2-0 against embattled Hull, seeing them level last year's best-ever Barclays Premier League points tally of 56.

This was City's sixth straight loss to Southampton and leaves Steve Bruce's side worryingly close to the relegation zone with an unenviable run-in lying in wait.

Steven Davis wasted a glorious late chance to add extra gloss to the scoreline, which would have been harsh on the struggling visitors.

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