Xherdan Shaqiri's 44th-minute opener for the visitors, a fine long-range strike after an enterprising run, lit up an otherwise drab first half, and the visitors retained their lead until 20 minutes from time when Jack Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton's cross into his own net.
Puel reflected at full time: “I think at the end perhaps the draw is a fair result. We could have won the game at the end but we could have lost it as well after a good counter attack.
“We started very well in the game, in the first minute with good intensity. We forced a lot of corners and put in a lot of crosses and created some good situations. We put them under pressure but after that we were maybe were too slow to play, from throw-ins and free kicks, and we lost our intensity.
“It was good thing for them as they tried to win time, but it was important for us to increase the tempo. It was not enough. Our presence was not enough also in the opposition box with all the corners and crosses in the first half."