Writer: Saint Aaron
Date:Sunday December 9 2007
St.Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Saints notched up there biggest home win for over 11 years and the biggest win at St.Mary's ever, infront of the lowest saturday crowd at the St.Mary's.
Saints poor form, and with Christmas just round the corner as well as freezing cold conditions, and the fact Hull only managed to muster 500 fans was certainly going to mean there would be a lower attendence.
Saints drew with Sheffield Wednesday on tuesday and needed a result to keep saints dream of the big time alive.
Saints had the best of the opening stages although were perhaps let off, Ricketts crossed from the right and Dean Windass missed a free header from six yards, much to the despair of the traveling fans.
Saints passed the ball failry well throughout the first half, but Hull also has spells when they passed the ball superbly, although they never looked like scoring.
Saints has three chances towards the end of the first half when Adam Hammill switched to right midfield, firstly Surman cut in and had a shot which was well saved by Myhill in the Hull goal. Shortly after that saints passed the ball well in and around the area, Wright-Phillips unleashed a shot which was saved by the keeper.
Then the breakthrough on 41 minutes, The winger on loan from Liverpool Adam Hammill crossed a beautiful ball to the back post and WRIGHT-PHILLIPS timed his run superbly to nod past the helpless Myhill in the Hull goal.
Saints came out much the stronger side after half time. Safri pinged a cross in and Andrew Davies header which just went wide.
On 58 minutes, after 13 minutes of sainst secong half dominance saints got the second, Hammill crossed for STERN JOHN to powerfully nod past the keeper infront of the Northam end.
Saints had many chances in between the 2nd and 3rd goal the one of most note was a fantastic chance for Alan Bennett, Safri took a corner and Bennett almost scored a header.
On 75 minutes Saints got a well deserved 3rd, John played the ball wide to Hammill, he crossed and Sub Marek Saganowski miskicked it but STERN JOHN got his left foot round the ball, it deflected into the back of the net. Saints went 3-0 up.
Just 2 minutes later Stern John scored his first hat-trick, Saints won a free kick just outside the Saints penalty area, Kelvin Davis kicked long towards Marek Saganowski who flicked to STERN JOHN, he brung the ball down on his chest and unleashed a beautiful volley which Myhill had no chance. The perfect hat-trick, a header, a right foot and a left foot!
Saints dominated the last stages, then Hat-trick hero John was taken off with 8 minutes remaining, Rasiak his replacement, the Polish international lined up with fellow sub and international Marek Saganowski, they had there fun with the Hull defence but couldn't score.
Viafara had a massive chance after the ball broke to him, The hit it and it was blocked off the line, with the keeper in no-mans-land and the defender floored Viafara looked certain to score, only to blast it high and wide into the Northam end.
Southampton 4 Hull City 0
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Date:Sunday December 9 2007
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