'It was instinct' - Puncheon plays down equaliser against Chelsea

The 26-year-old was coy when questioned about his goal against the European champions, insisting the point gained was of more importance as the club battle against relegation

Southampton winger Jason Puncheon has played down the brilliance of his equalising strike against Chelsea, insisting it was purely "instinct".

The former Blackpool and QPR man capped an excellent comeback for Nigel Adkins' side with a superb leveller as Saints came from two goals down to earn a valuable point at Stamford Bridge.

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"It was instinct really. I knew that the ball was going to bounce up and once I took a touch I knew it would sit up for me so I just hit it right and it went in," Puncheon told the club’s official website.

“It’s always good to get a goal but the most important thing was to get something from the game. This is a massive point for us especially away at a place like Chelsea.

“It’s 12 games that we’ve got 18 points from now and, if you compare that with the first five or 10 matches then there’s a big difference which is good to see, and we’re all buzzing really.”

First-half strikes from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a two-goal lead at the break, but the introduction of Rickie Lambert sparked a revival in the Saints' ranks with the forward scoring just three minutes after coming off the bench – and Puncheon hailed the striker’s impact.

“It was a great reaction, I was just thinking that when he scored," Puncheon added.

"I was like ‘wow’ and the fans’ reaction showed what a good decision it was and one which has affected the game as we’ve gone on and got a point.”