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Injuries to frontmen take gloss off win for Phelan and Hull

Hull City 2 Southampton 1

By Jonathan Veal

Published 07/11/2016

Hull City's Will Keane (centre) leaves the pitch an injury during the Premier League match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull.
Hull City's Will Keane (centre) leaves the pitch an injury during the Premier League match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull.

Hull boss Mike Phelan breathed a sigh of relief after his side finally stopped the rot against Southampton before reporting more bad injury news.

The Tigers registered their first Premier League win since August as they stopped a six-game losing streak as goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Dawson in the space of two second-half minutes overturned Charlie Austin's early penalty for Saints.

But the shine was taken off the 2-1 victory by injuries suffered by strikers Abel Hernandez and Will Keane, who both hobbled off in the first 25 minutes and look set for a spell on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, Phelan was delighted his side signed off for the international break by ending their drought.

He said: "There's a bit of everything, relief and happiness and concern at the injuries.

"It's a time to enjoy the moment over the next few days and we will kick on again next Monday when everyone comes back.

"There was a sense of deja vu when we went a goal down early on, but losing the two players like we did forced our hand. It was an all-round good performance."

Hull' season so far has been blighted by injuries and the news on Hernandez and Keane is not good.

"They are going to be looked at tomorrow but medically the signs aren't very good," Phelan added. "Keane is the worst of the two. Keane is knee and Hernandez is groin.

"It's a case of wait and see, it doesn't look good. I'll leave that to the medical team and wait for the phone call tomorrow. They are crazy injuries, it's just the wrong place at the wrong time."

Southampton boss Claude Puel was left scratching his head at how his side are returning home pointless.

They were in total control up until Hull's double salvo and then had a string of chances to rescue a point, three of them falling to Austin, who had earlier bagged his fifth goal in seven Premier League games.

And the Frenchman, who saw his side beat Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday, says his team can learn from the experience.

"We can do better, this is a good lesson for us for the future because we had control of the game," Puel said.

"We lacked concentration and afterwards it was difficult to score. We had chances - it's difficult to accept how we lost.

"It is always a strong challenge to play every three days. Every game is a strong physical challenge, it's also difficult to keep a good attitude.

"We dominated the game and controlled it. When you win a game like Inter Milan, when you come back to the Premier League to play a team who plays one game a week it is difficult. I think we will learn for the future. Every game in the Premier League is difficult.

"We deserved the points today."

Hull: Marshall, Maguire (Huddlestone, 74 mins), Davies, Hernandez (Mbokani, 9 mins), Clucas, Livermore, Keane (Snodgrass, 26 mins), Dawson, Henriksen, Mason, Elmohamady. Unused subs: Jakupovic, Meyler, Tymon, Bowen.

Southampton: Forster, Yoshida, Clasie (Ward-Prowse, 77 mins), Fonte, Davis, Austin, Tadic (Boufal, 66 mins), Romeu, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Redmond (Rodriguez, 77 mins). Unused subs: Taylor, Martina, Hojbjerg, McQueen.

Referee: Graham Scott

Man of the match: Michael Dawson

Match rating: 7/10

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