Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana is showing his full potential in the Npower Championship after another impressive individual performance over the weekend, helping his side to a 4-1 win over Birmingham.
The academy graduate was instrumental in Saints' promotion from the third tier last term, and has picked up his form in the current campaign where he finished the last.
A goal and assist in yesterday's victory helped Nigel Adkins' side take top spot in the division ahead of rivals Brighton, who beat them to the Npower League One crown last team, and Lallana believes the variety of scorers is showing that the south-coast club have enough strength-in-depth to compete for promotion this term.
"It's good to get on the score sheet and also to have four different goal scorers, which we've proved on a number of occasions already this season," the former England youth international told Saints Player.
"We started the game really well and to be three up inside 35 minutes is brilliant. It's not going to be like that all season, but to capitalise when we can is what we want to do.
"Birmingham proved with the chances that they got, that they're a great team. They came down from playing in the Premier League last season, and it proves to us that we can compete against the top teams."
Despite the emphatic score-line, 23-year-old Lallana believes the Saints still have plenty of room for improvement at St. Mary's, a potentially ominous statement for future visitors after such an impressive start to the campaign.
Confidence is running at a huge high after six victories from seven matches in the league, and Lallana is confident the team can maintain their consistency levels during the tough, fixture-filled months ahead.
"We rode our luck at times. We said at half time that we need to come out all guns blazing again and when we reflected on it afterwards I don't think we did - we let them back in it with a sloppy free-kick and a goal," the playmaker continued.
"We can't give the sloppy fouls away that we did because teams are going to score from them, but we got the vital goal through Chaplow who I thought was excellent when he came on to make it 4-1. It's another three points though, which is brilliant.
"There's always room for improvement and I think we realise that. It shows that we want to improve, we're not just happy with winning 4-1 we know that we let them in rather easily in the second half and Kelvin's made some great saves to keep us in the game. We scored some great goals, but we're creating and taking our chances which is brilliant, and what the fans want to see.
"Our record of late at home proves that we've got goals in us and consistency with wins brings confidence which is what we're playing with at the minute."
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