Nathan Redmond is revelling playing for Southampton – even if team-mate Ryan Bertrand is giving him earache.
Redmond scored twice as Saints recovered from their EFL Cup final loss to Manchester United by beating Watford 4-3 at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets struggled to cope with Saints’ pace and movement, with Dusan Tadic and Manolo Gabbiadini – for the sixth time in four games – also on target.
Saints were deserving winners, although they needed two goals in the final seven minutes to prevail.
Redmond is enjoying a fruitful left-sided partnership with Bertrand, the former Chelsea left-back, so much so that the former Norwich winger has been linked with an England call-up this month.
“It’s a joy to play in (this team),” Redmond told saintsfc.co.uk.
“We’ve got good players. Dusan gives us creativity and Prowsey (James Ward-Prowse) with his delivery.
“It helps when players like myself are driving with the ball and you see Manolo running off and Dusan coming into pockets.
“With Ryan behind me, he’s always in my ear if I do something good or if I do something bad; sometimes I can’t do any good.
“To have someone strong like that behind me, it’s a good feeling to know that defensively you’ve got a little bit less to do and gives me the freedom to go forward and enjoy myself.
“(We are) building a strong relationship down that side and it’s showing.”
Redmond’s strikes were his first Premier League goals since October and in any competition since January’s League Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool.
He added: “I haven’t scored since the Liverpool game so to get two I’m delighted, but more important was to bounce back from the Wembley defeat.
“It’s a bit of a relief and we focus on the next challenge now.”