Hull City’s hopes of staying in the Premier League this season were given a huge boost when goal-keeper Eldin Jakupovic made a last minute penalty save to deny Dusan Tadic and Southampton a win at St. Mary’s and to take a point back to the KCOM.
The two sides played out a gritty 0-0 draw with few chances to speak of all afternoon until Claude Puel’s side were handed a golden chance to bag their first win on a Saturday all season when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after a pull from Alfred N’Diaye on Maya Yoshida in the 89th minute.
The Tiger’s Portuguese manager, usually a calm and collected figure, exploded on the touchline and continued to make his point after the game.
“Yes of course [I was frustrated],” said the former Olympiakos boss.
“First because I saw a similar situation in the other box and the referee don’t give to us.
“This is the question because for me it is easy to say it’s possible that it was a penalty but in the other box it is as well, of course I am not happy in that moment because of that.”
Silva was making reference to incidents, one in the first half and one moments after Tadic’s penalty miss, involving Harry Maguire and Oumar Niasse in which the visitors could well have had a chance from 12 yards themselves.
Whilst the penalty for Puel’s side may have been harsh it was well saved by the Tigers shot-stopper, a moment not lost on his manager.
“A big save from Eldin [Jakupovic] and I think it’s an important moment in the match for us aswell.”