Spot of drama as Eldin is Hull hero

Sunday Express - - Front Page - Clive Hether­ing­ton Southampton 0 Hull 0 By Harry Pratt

HULL’S sen­sa­tional surge to­wards top-flight sur­vival con­tin­ued, cour­tesy of a stun­ning last-gasp penalty save from Eldin Jakupovic.

Du­san Tadic’s shot was struck hard and true – and ap­peared to be des­tined for the bot­tom cor­ner. But the Swiss stop­per flung him­self full stretch to claw away the Serb’s strike.

De­lighted Hull coach Marco Silva said: “That penalty save is a re­ally im­por­tant mo­ment for us.”

And next up for the Tigers are doomed Sun­der­land – at their KC Sta­dium fortress where Hull have taken 19 points out of 21 un­der Silva.

But the vis­i­tors may be kick­ing them­selves. Be­fore yes­ter­day they had picked up a pal­try point from the last 21 avail­able on their trav­els.

Had they man­aged to se­cure an away win – against a Saints team with noth­ing to play for – Hull could have gone home FIVE points ahead of fel­low-strug­glers Swansea who visit Manch­ester United to­day.

Southampton, sit­ting safely in mid-ta­ble ob­scu­rity, did not man­age a shot on tar­get in the first half. The Saints played bet­ter in the sec­ond pe­riod but could not find a way past Hull’s re­silient rear­guard.

Saints boss Claude Puel said: “We were too slow and didn’t cre­ate enough chances or space. But you must con­grat­u­late Hull be­cause they de­fended well. It was a fair re­sult.”

Silva said: “It was a good per­for­mance. Every game is a fi­nal for us and there is big pres­sure. For me it’s nor­mal and I want to play­ers to get used to it – and en­joy it.”

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