Puncheon is keen to focus on the positives heading into tomorrow's clash with Aston Villa.
When asked about being tipped to go down, he said: "It is always a good thing you know because we can use that.
"We're always going to be the underdogs as people would say.
"If you're totally honest, if you look at the Man United and Man City games we didn't let them get in their stride.
"We held our own and the good thing is we can only get better.
"We have got no points on the board, being 'rubbish' if everyone wants to say that. In football, there are always thin margins."