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Former Southampton star Jason Puncheon delivered an epic goal celebration after being inspired by an embarrassing trip to the toilet a matter of weeks before.
Puncheon spent four years with the Saints and his most iconic moments at the club came in the early months of 2013. Mauricio Pochettino had just replaced Nigel Adkins as manager of the Premier League strugglers when Everton visited St Mary's Stadium on January 21.
With the game goalless midway through the second half, Puncheon was caught short and had to dash off the pitch. He sheepishly returned from the tunnel with 20 minutes to play, with even his own fans taunting him with shouts of 'he s****' when he wants'.
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The game would go on to finish as a draw, with the point a vital one in Southampton's hopes of staying up. The clash was Pochettino's first game in charge of his new side, with the Argentine blaming Puncheon's trip to the loo on nerves.
"I have only seen that happen once before in my career. But he was feeling a bit unstable and he had to rush to the loo. When there is a new manager, the players want to impress and sometimes nerves get the better of them,” he said.
While his new manager was happy to laugh off the incident, his team-mates were less willing to forget. Then Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin revealed that Puncheon was subjected to more than his fair share of mockery for his toilet trip.
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"All the players have given him some stick about it – but he said it was better he did it in the changing room than out on the pitch! It is the first time I have ever seen that. And I am sure not many other players have seen that before. But he has taken it well," Schneiderlin said.
Puncheon had a novel way of hitting back at those taunts though, when Southampton took on reigning champions Manchester City two weeks later. The midfielder handed his side the lead just seven minutes in when he rolled a rebound into an empty net following Jay Rodriguez's saved shot.
There was only one way the Englishman was going to celebrate his goal as he raced to the corner. After sliding on his knees and standing up, Puncheon turned his back to the crowd, squatted and pretended to wipe his bottom.
The home support erupted in delight at Puncheon's light-hearted response to the mockery that had been greeting him. And they even launched into another round of the chant 'he s**** when he wants, Jason Puncheon, he s**** when he wants'.
The Saints would go on to claim a 3-1 win, helping them to secure their place in the top-flight. And Puncheon's cheeky celebration would go down in the history books as one of the most iconic in the Premier League.
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