Harry Redknapp hailed another barnstorming display from Gareth Bale by admitting: "He's getting better and better."
Starting at left-back against Portsmouth after playing left midfield in recent weeks, the Welsh international produced raid after raid, starting in the first minute and still going strong in injury time, when he set up the final chance of the 2-0 win for Peter Crouch.
More importantly, the same pair combined for the key opening goal when Gareth sped away from Michael Brown and when confronted by two defenders, clipped the perfect cross between the Pompey pair for Crouchy to head home from close range.
Niko Kranjcar added the second goal five minutes before half-time - a goal that started from another break from full-back, this time from debutant Kyle Walker down the right - and we were well on the way to a fifth straight win in the Barclays Premier League.
"Gareth is amazing," said Harry. "He's such an athlete as well, terrific ability, great skill, he can do everything.
"He's six foot one, has a great left foot, he can run all day, head it, pass it, cross, dribble.
"He makes a run and then gets back and runs again. He's got the capacity to keep making 60-yard runs and then make another, then another.
"He's only a boy still as well really, that's the key. Cliff Jones, one of the great players of the double team, who played for Wales many, many times, told me that he thinks Gareth will be the first Welsh player to get 100 caps.
"If he stays clear of injury he can only keep getting better."