The Doc has impressed since his personal nightmare against Leicester City with assured performances at the back against Newcastle and Manchester United.
Now it's Beattie and Phillips, with the latter particularly fine form after a slow start at St Mary's. The former Sunderland hotshot has scored six goals in his last eight games with Beattie weighing in with 13 this season.
Doc said: "It's the great thing about the Premiership - one week you are playing against Shearer and Bellamy then Van Nistelrooy and Forlan and now Beattie and Phillips.
"It's the little and large partnership. Phillips is a great predator and finisher while Beattie has the strength and is also a great finisher as well.
"Beattie's become a regular goalscorer. He's in the Shearer mould, strong, a handful and up and coming. He's getting better and better.
"We go there quietly confident. I don't think 3-0 was a fair reflection of the United game but they still beat us and that's something we have to put right."
Gary Doherty is preparing for another test against one of the Premiership's great strikeforces this weekend - Kevin Phillips and James Beattie at Southampton.