Player Ratings: Hull City 0-1 Southampton

Sports Mole takes a look at how the individual players fared in Southampton's 1-0 win away to Hull City in the Premier League.

Southampton earned a slender 1-0 win away to Hull City this afternoon courtesy of Victor Wanyama's early opener.

The former Celtic midfielder struck after just three minutes, capitalising on a botched clearance from Eldin Jakupovic to strike into an empty net from 40 yards.

Below, Sports Mole takes a look at who excelled and who did not at the KC Stadium.

Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match against Hull City on November 1, 2014© Getty Images



HULL CITY

Goal

Eldin Jakupovic: Directly at fault for the goal after his hashed clearance allowed Wanyama to score, but made amends with a series of key saves afterwards. (6/10)

Defence

Paul McShane: Struggled with the pace of Long in the first half and never really got to grips with the game. Subbed just after the hour mark for Aluko. (4/10)

Curtis Davies: Certainly Hull's best defender on the day and played a big role in keeping the talismanic Pelle relatively quiet for 90 minutes. Unlucky to be on the losing side. (7/10)

James Chester: Did well to negate Tadic, but it was his loose back-pass that forced Jakupovic to clear his lines in the build-up to the first goal. (5/10)

Ahmed Elmohamady: Produced one or two dangerous crosses in the game but did not do it regularly enough for Hull to benefit from. (5/10)

Midfield

Tom Huddlestone: Floated one or two dangerous crosses into enemy territory, but also saw quite a few get blocked. Not his best game. (4/10)

Mohamed Diame: The heartbeat of an otherwise lifeless Hull performance. Far and away their best player today and might consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side. (7/10)

Jake Livermore: The game passed him by somewhat and he found himself unable to influence proceedings at either end. One to forget. (4/10)

Robbie Brady: By no means Hull's worst player but the Irishman found himself negated by Clyne and struggled to affect the game from out wide. (5/10)

Hatem Ben Arfa: Completely anonymous throughout and was subbed midway through the second half. He might have been the creative spark that Hull needed on another day. (4/10)

Attack

Abel Hernandez: His best moment was an 86th-minute overhead that flew into row-z. Was barely given an inch by a disciplined Saints defence and was never going to add to his three goals so far this term. (4/10)

Substitutes

Sone Aluko: Never got into the game despite having 25 minutes to do so after replacing Paul McShane. He was not the answer for Bruce today. (4/10)

Stephen Quinn: Spurned a good chance to equalise in the dying minutes after sending a header over the bar from Huddlestone's corner. One of Hull's few good chances in the game. (4/10)



SOUTHAMPTON

Goal

Frasier Forster: Quite literally did not have a save to make throughout the 90 minutes, courtesy of the four defenders in front of him. Unlikely to have an easier game this season. (5/10)

Defence

Nathaniel Clyne: Excellent performance to keep Brady quiet on the left-hand side of midfield in another display that enhanced his reputation. (7/10)

Jose Fonte: Pulled off one crucial block in the second half to thwart Diame's effort from outside the box. Another fine performance from the captain. (7/10)

Toby Alderweireld: Did not put a foot wrong all afternoon and produced a number of crucial clearances and blocks throughout the encounter. Man-of-the-match display from the Belgian. (8/10)

Ryan Bertrand: The left-back continues to impress on loan from Chelsea and performed well here again in front of England boss Roy Hodgson. (7/10)

Midfield

Morgan Schneiderlin: Sat in front of the defence very well and was another Saint that managed to enhance his reputation here this afternoon. (6/10)

Victor Wanyama: Scored the only goal of the game - a 40-yard strike into an empty net after Jakupovic's error, but he still had it all to do. Fine finish. (7/10)

Steven Davis: Would have had a couple of assists if not for the profiligacy of his teammates on the day. Got forward excellently and nearly scored himself, too. (7/10)

Dusan Tadic: One of Southampton's quieter players and spent most of the game on the periphery. (4/10)

Attack

Shane Long: Industrious performance in attack for Southampton, but really should have converted at least one of the several goalscoring chances that he had against his former club. (5/10)

Graziano Pelle: Had to wait 90 minutes to try to improve his impressive goalscoring record as of late, but skewed a good chance wide from Mane's cross. Looked a bit tired overall. (4/10)

Substitutes

Sadio Mane: Missed the chance of the game within minutes of coming on for Long by somehow flicking over the bar from less than six yards out. (3/10)

Jack Cork: Replaced Tadic on 81 minutes and helped Southampton see out their lead. (6/10)


Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match against Hull City on November 1, 2014
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