Premier League following a difficult start to the season.

The Saints moved up to 15th position in the table with their 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Reading, with Puncheon getting the only goal of the game.

After conceding 29 times in their opening 11 games and struggling to pick up points, the winger feels that they have turned the corner in recent weeks:

“I think it was nerves.” He responded when asked by SkySports why Southampton had struggled.

“I’ll be honest, as a team coming into the Premier League, I think we were a bit nervous, a bit shaky.

“We didn’t find our feet or our rhythm and now we have found that and that is showing as a team.

“We haven’t got a bad defence. A few of the boys playing in that back four played in the team last season and how many clean sheets were there last season? Now we are gelling and that is showing.”

Puncheon signed with the South Coast outfit in 2010 and appears to be settling at the club following three loan spells with QPR, Blackpool and Milwall.

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