Puncheon strike lifts Southampton out of trouble
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom (AFP) - A second-half goal from Jason Puncheon gave Southampton a 1-0 win at home to Reading on Saturday that took the Saints out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Puncheon pounced in the 61st minute as Southampton gained a measure of revenge for finishing second to Reading in last season's Championship.
Victory lifted Nigel Adkins' men up to 15th place in the Premier League, two points above the relegation places, while second-bottom Reading are now six points adrift of safety after a fourth successive defeat.
"It is a good three points for us," said Southampton coach Adkins.