Dowie laments lost points

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Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie felt his side should have claimed all three points from their trip to Southampton.

The Eagles twice led at St Mary's, but ultimately had to settle for a point after Andreas Jakobsson equalised for The Saints.

Andy Johnson headed the visitors in front and Wayne Routledge restored their advantage after Kevin Phillips netted.

"I think if I look now at the game it's two points lost," explained Dowie.

"We looked solid in the first half. The way that we gave the goals away in the manner we did was disappointing.

"We feel that even right at the death we had chances. I can't fault our effort or desire.

"We came out in the second half really at it. Had it not been for Kasey Keller it might have been three of four.

"It's not an easy place to come. We felt we should have had the three points."

Routledge was superb at Southampton and Dowie reiterated his desire to tie down the young winger on a new long-term deal.

"We feel that we need to tie him down," he added. "We're hoping for a positive outcome."