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Saints move on from Osvaldo

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted Dani Osvaldo's bust-up has been forgotten by the club after Jose Fonte's goal handed Saints victory at Hull City.

Fonte was left with a black eye following a training ground clash with Osvaldo last month, an incident that hastened the striker's deadline-day switch to Juventus.

The Portuguese defender, meanwhile, remains a key part of Pochettino's side and his 69th-minute goal - confirmed via the Goal Decision System - offered the manager a chance to underline his strict belief in the group dynamic.

Osvaldo was not mentioned by name following the 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium, but his shadow loomed large over Pochettino's post-match remarks.

"(The incident) is completely forgotten, it is in the past and we can only look forward right now," he said.

"But I have always said the group mentality is the most important thing.

"No player is more important than the team mentality or above the team. I will always defend the view that the team is more important than a single player.

"I will always defend the common interest and the common good, what is best for the group and not for one player."

Fonte's goal capped a strong away performance for Southampton, who have now gone six games unbeaten in the Premier League and eight in all competitions.

Rickie Lambert could have scored twice inside the first seven minutes, Jay Rodriguez hit the crossbar with the best of several decent efforts and Adam Lallana was a constant menace in midfield.

Jack Cork also struck the woodwork late on as Saints failed to make the margin more comfortable but Pochettino was content with their efforts.

"I think we fully deserved the victory," he said.

"It was a tough pitch and tough opponents but we were fully superior to a Hull team who invested quite a bit in the transfer window.

"We always had the hope we would score, we showed patience looking for the goal and in the end we achieved it.

"In the end we fully deserved the goal and the three points."