Saints stunned by Ellison
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Ellison's late goal for Hull meant Southampton had to settle for an eighth consecutive draw.
Kevin Ellison's late leveller for Hull meant Southampton had to settle for an eighth consecutive draw in The Championship.
The substitute came off the bench to grab a scarcely deserved point for the visitors after they had been under pressure for much of the match at St Mary's.
The Saints dominated possession from first to last but were unable to create many chances as they struggled to find away past visiting goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Ricardo Fuller and Brett Ormerod showed just why they have managed just three league goals between them as they wasted several good chances in a one-sided game.
Matt Oakley was also guilty of blazing wide after good work by Polish winger Kamil Kosowski, although the midfielder made amends just before the interval with a stunning strike to break the deadlock.
Hull appeared to have cleared the danger from a corner only for Oakley to rifle home a long range drive past the helpless Myhill.
Antti Niemi made sure Southampton remained in front at the break as he kept out Ryan France's close-range header.
Harry Redknapp's troops attempted to find a second goal straight after the re-start, Tomasz Hajto coming close with a low drive that Myhill stopped with his legs.
However, the custodian needed the help of the woodwork to keep his team in the game as he tipped Michael Svensson's header against the bar, Claus Lundekvam then failing to put home the rebound from close range.
Unable to kill the game off despite being in total control, Southampton were caught out 10 minutes from time when Ellison latched on to a Craig Fagan flick-on to level matters at one apiece.
Myhill made sure his side would make the long trip back to Hull with something for their efforts with an excellent stop from substitute Dexter Blacklock as the hosts endured another frustrating afternoon.