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Trouble looms for Solskjaer at Cardiff

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Nikica Jelavic scores Hull's third goal and his second of the game © PA Photos
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's hopes of steering Cardiff to Premier League safety suffered a brutal blow as a home thrashing from Hull left them rooted in the relegation zone.

The manager had started to believe that his players were beginning to feel comfortable at the Cardiff City Stadium but a 4-0 reverse left any new-found confidence in tatters.

It may also have damaged Solskjaer's standing with the club's owner, Vincent Tan, who conducted a very public battle with former manager Malky Mackay before sacking him.

Cardiff looked rudderless and showed no sign of the fillip Solskjaer had given the club when he took charge last month.

Tom Huddlestone opened the scoring for Hull before Nikica Jelavic grabbed two goals to effectively end the contest and Jake Livermore completed the humiliation.

Cardiff were booed off by their own fans at half-time and would have finished the day bottom of the table but for West Brom's late equaliser against Fulham.

New Fulham manager Felix Magath looked to have got his much-talked about reign off to a flying start thanks to Ashkan Dejagah's 28th minute strike at The Hawthorns.

But his team were left propping up the table when Matej Vydra put the ball into the bottom corner with four minutes to play to secure a 1-1 draw and leave Magath with a tough task to steer his side to safety.

Such relegation tension must seem like a distant memory for West Ham now after they beat Southampton 3-1 at Upton Park.

Sam Allardyce's in-form side earned their fourth consecutive league victory to ensure they continue to sit relatively comfortably in mid-table.

However, they had to come from behind to gain another three points in their quest to reach the symbolic 40-point mark.

Maya Yoshida headed Southampton in front early on when he converted Steve Davis' free-kick but Matt Jarvis equalised with a tap in the 20th minute.

Three minutes later Carlton Cole fired home the career Premier League goal of his career on the volley to make it 2-1 before Rickie Lambert hit the post for Southampton.

Kevin Nolan made the game safe with a volley from close range in the 71st minute and can take a lot of credit for inspiring West Ham's push towards safety.

His latest goal was his sixth in seven Premier League games, providing three assists in the same spell.

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