New England call-up Adam Lallana impressed in front of watching national coach Roy Hodgson as surprise package Southampton climbed to third in the table with a 4-1 win at home to Hull City.
Lallana has been called into the England squad alongside uncapped teammate Jay Rodriguez, but it was another of Southampton’s England internationals, Rickie Lambert, who tipped the game in the home side’s favor.
Lambert’s headed touch allowed Morgan Schneiderlin to head Southampton into a 16th-minute lead and the 31-year-old striker made it 2-0 with an emphatic penalty after Lallana was felled by Steve Harper.
Lallana added a magnificent third eight minutes before halftime, wriggling down the left-hand channel and beating Harper with a cool finish, with Steven Davis completing victory after Yannick Sagbo replied for Hull.
Everton climbed to fifth, despite being held to a 0-0 draw at bottom club Crystal Palace, while a Leandro Bacuna free-kick and a Libor Kozak header gave Aston Villa a 2-0 win at home to Cardiff City.
In the late game, Norwich City clambered out of the relegation zone after coming from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 through goals from Gary Hooper, Robert Snodgrass and Leroy Fer.