Nathan Redmond believes the way Southampton bounced back from Saturday’s painful defeat to Wolves epitomised the strength of the club.
Saints were on course to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches when leading 2-0 at St Mary’s, only to be pegged back by the rejuvenated visitors after the interval.
But tonight there was no hangover, as Saints produced a dominant, controlled performance to see off Crystal Palace, 2-0 at Selhurst Park.
After the game, in which Redmond opened the scoring with an explosive 20-yard shot after some nifty footwork, he was asked whether it was the team’s best performance of the season.
“In moments, yes,” he said. “In some moments, if we were to be over-critical, no, but that’s the beauty of our game – we’re always itching to improve and always wanting to go further and get better.
“Tuesday night under the lights was a perfect opportunity to bounce back from Saturday’s performance.
“It’s a testament to us – our mentality and our strength. We’ve been in worse places, as we’ve proved this season, and since my time here we’ve been in worse places, but I feel like we’re really focused at the moment and really strong.
“Everybody wants to play – the competition is healthy and I think that’s a really good thing to have at the moment.”
Stuart Armstrong added to Redmond’s brilliant opener shortly after half time, with another superb long-range effort of his own.
“I was honestly just trying to get away,” Redmond said of his first-half deadlock breaker. “They’ve got a lot of big lads in there and I know when I get the ball in those tight areas I’ve got to get out as quickly as possible.
“I think I was falling at the time – that’s why I hit it. I had one on Saturday, which hit the crossbar, so I just tried to keep over this one, and thankfully it went in.
“I think we were both overdue one! It was a great strike from him (Armstrong). I’m thoroughly buzzing for him – he played great today, he deserved it.”