Puncheon underlines importance of Southampton's win over QPR

The winger has highlighted the performances of Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert as he scored in the Saints "determined" victory over his former club and relegation rivals

Jason Puncheon has underlined the importance of Southampton’s 3-1 Premier League victory over QPR, with the newly promoted side moving four points clear of their relegation rivals.

The 26-year-old, who had a largely unsuccessful loan spell with the R's back in 2011, scored the second goal and put in a man-of-the-match performance at Loftus Road to help his side ease to victory.

Yet, despite finding the back of the net against his former club, Puncheon insisted that the result was more significant than any personal achievement.

"It's always good to get one against a former club, but the most important thing was getting three points," he told reporters.

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"We sort of got on the front foot and did what we've been doing in recent weeks. I thought we were solid, and that showed in the first half and the second half.

"We have always known as a group that we shouldn't be where we are.

"There have been games that haven't gone our way and games that have slipped through our hands, but we were determined not to do that from back-to-front and in [terms of] finishing off goals and that happened."

Puncheon also believes that Nigel Adkins' men were well worth the victory, despite the poor performance from the opposition.

"You can sit there and say it's easy, but we were on the top of our game on every yard of the pitch," he added.

"The two midfielders covered every blade of grass on the pitch, Gaston [Ramirez] and Rickie [Lambert] both put in a lot of work as did the full-backs, centre-halves and goalkeeper.

"That counts, that's what it's all about and that's what we did."