Despite splashing the cash during the summer, few took seriously talk around the south coast of a push for a European finish. But three points in an impressive win over Fulham made this Southampton’s best start to a top-flight season and forward Rodriguez believes they have yet to reach their peak.
“It is no shock really. We know the performances that we’re capable of and to improve upon for the next game,” he said.
“It’s a great place to be at the moment, and everyone is the camp is enjoying it and loving it.”
Rodriguez played a key role in the defeat of Fulham, first flicking a James Ward-Prowse corner to Rickie Lambert to open the scoring after 20 minutes.
The England international returned the favour late in the first half, heading across a fine ball from Adam Lallana for Rodriguez to nod home at the far post.
Martin Jol’s men were left chasing shadows from the outset and were unable to cope with Saints’ high pressing game as the hosts picked up a sixth clean sheet of the term.
SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse (Cork 90), Rodriguez (Do Prado 78), Lallana, Lambert.
FULHAM: Stekelenburg, Riether (Hughes 46), Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson, Ruiz (Kacaniklic 81), Sidwell, Parker, Kasami, Berbatov, Bent (Rodallega 75).
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).