Southampton beats Hull 2-0, still chasing top 4 spot in Premier League


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SOUTHAMPTON, England — Southampton's faint top-four Premier League hopes were given a boost as James Ward-Prowse and Graziano Pelle ended goal droughts in a 2-0 victory against relegation-threatened Hull on Saturday.

The Saints went ahead through Ward-Prowse's penalty in the 56th after Alex Bruce fouled former City teammate Shane Long. Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper was unable to stop Ward-Prowse's venomous strike into the top right-hand corner for his first goal for the club in all competitions since 2012.

A late strike by Pelle in the 81st secured Southampton a hard-fought win, taking the team provisionally fifth and level with last year's best-ever Premier League points tally of 56. It was Pelle's first league goal since Dec. 20.

Hull's sixth straight loss to Southampton leaves Steve Bruce's side worryingly close to the relegation zone.

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