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It's a joy to play in this Southampton team - Nathan Redmond


Nathan Redmond is enjoying playing in a free-flowing Southampton side

Nathan Redmond is enjoying playing in a free-flowing Southampton side

Nathan Redmond is enjoying playing in a free-flowing Southampton side

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."

For the second successive game, Watford led inside the opening few minutes but could not capitalise.

Troy Deeney, who scored a third-minute penalty in the 1-1 draw with West Ham, struck after four minutes against Saints, who then took a half-time lead through Tadic and Redmond.

Stefano Okaka levelled with 11 minutes remaining and, after Gabbiadini and Redmond took Saints 4-2 ahead, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored in stoppage time to set up a nervy conclusion.

"It seems at the minute like we've got to score 10 to win a game," Deeney said on watfordfc.com.

"We just don't seem to defend well at the minute so we need to sort that out.

"We started two games now - two goals in three minutes - and just seem to retreat all the time.

"I think personally we need to start taking responsibility to go for the second and third, instead of trying to hold out and hit them on the counter attack."

Deeney's goal was his 100th in the league for Watford and took him fourth in the club's all-time goalscorer list with 105.

"Personally (I am) in a good run of form scoring goals," he added after his ninth of the season.

"We just keep losing, so it's a bit frustrating. I want to win games."

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