Jason Puncheon believes the only way is up for Southampton after shedding the nerves that hampered their start to the season.

Saints' return to the top flight after a seven-year absence was hardly ideal, with just one win in 11 matches leaving them 19th. Nigel Adkins' side shipped a league-high 29 goals in the process, but a new-found defensive resolve has resulted in a dramatic change in fortunes and they are now up to 15th in the table.

Southampton have only conceded four goals in their past six matches and collected their second clean sheet in Saturday's 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Reading. Asked what has changed at the club, winger Puncheon said: "I think it was nerves."

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