It was an evening to forget for the Saints as they fell to their second defeat in a week at the hands of an impressive Hull City side.

An early goal from Zaroury set the tone for the Tigers after he fired home a rebound from six-yards out.

Before Carvalho doubled their lead half-way through the first half after some loose Southampton passes.

Aribo then grabbed a goal back late on, but it wasn’t enough as Hull were able to hold on to record a third away win in a row.

The defeat means the south coast side drop to fourth place in the table, falling below Ipswich in the process.

Russell martin made three changes to the side that beat West Brom away last Friday night, as Manning Rothwell and Edozie came in to the side, with Stephens, Charles and Fraser dropping to the bench.

It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the night, as Zaroury tried his luck from range, firing a dipping shot from outside the area just wide of Bazunu’s goal.

The Saints had a glorious opportunity to take the lead just moments later as Smallbone won the ball on the edge of the box, played in Rothwell who forced an impressive stop by Allsop from close range.

Though, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 12th minute.

A powerful shot from the edge of the box from Carvalho could only be parried straight to an unmarked Zaroury, who tapped home the rebound from close range.

The visitors continued with their counter attacking threat and almost doubled their lead just after 20 minutes when Philogene’s effort was smartly saved by the body of Bazunu after a mazy dart into the box.

Hull went close again just moments later, with Carvalho involved this time.

The Liverpool loanee showed his pace down the left, catching Walker-Peters out of position, before sliding a ball across to Omur, who couldn’t find the target.

The visitors continued their attacking momentum eventually double their lead after 36 minutes.

Some sloppy passing out the back from Harwood-Bellis gifted the ball to Hull inside the area, Seri picked up the ball, did the unselfish work and played in Carvalho, who slotted home with ease under almost no pressure.

It almost got even worse for the Saints just before the interval, when two shots from Zaroury in quick succession went inches past Bazunu’s post.

The Tigers went into the break good value for their lead, with them probably feeling like they should be more than two goals to the good.

The first chance of the second half came to Smallbone, but he sliced his effort from range wide of Allsop’s goal.

Manning was the next to try his luck, this time from inside the box, but his curling strike drifted just wide.

The Saints went close to a goal back just after the hour mark with a flurry of chances, courtesy of the substitutes.

Firstly, Aribo saw his low shot well blocked, before Brooks had a looping volley from the rebound fly onto the roof of the net.

The home side went close again ten minutes from time, as Aribo placed a cutback from manning straight into the grateful hands of Allsop in net.

In the 88th minute the Saints finally had a goal back.

The substitutes Brooks and Aribo combined again, with the former teeing up the latter for a shot that crept its way into the bottom corner.

This proved to be the last chance of the game, with the result meaning the Saints fall to their second defeat in a week.

Southampton: Bazunu (GK), Walker-Peters, Manning, A.Armstrong (C) (45′), Smallbone, S.Armstrong, Mara (45′), Rothwell (45′), Harwood-Bellis, Edozie (59′), Bednarek

Subs: Lumley, Stephens, Aribo (45′), Adams (45′), Sulemana, Charles, Fraser (59′), Dibling, Brooks (45′)

Hull City: Allsop (GK), Coyle (C), Giles, Greaves, Jones, Philogene, Seri (63′), Slater, Carvalho (83′), Zaroury (83′), Omur (63′)

Subs: Pandur, McLoughlin, Tufan (63′), Docherty, Traore (83′), Sharp, Morton (63′), Jacob (83′), Connolly

Attendance: 26,834