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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 16:54 GMT
Southampton 2-2 C Palace
Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson celbrates his goal against Southampton
Crystal Palace twice lost the lead as the spoils were shared at Southampton

The first half was a dull affair - Fabrice Fernades wasted Southampton's best chance, firing over from 12 yards.

Andy Johnson nodded Palace ahead from Aki Riihilahti's centre four minutes after the break, but Kevin Phillips touched home Fernandes' cross to level.

Wayne Routledge put Palace back in front when his drive cannoned in off Andreas Jakobsson, but the defender made amends, poking in the equaliser.

Dexter Blackstock started up front for Saints as James Beattie, who has been struggling with a calf strain, failed a morning fitness test.

For Palace, Aki Riihilahti was passed fit and started in midfield.

Chances were few and far between in a dour opening 45 minutes.

Phillips had the first real shot of note on 20 minutes, but his 30-yard right-footed effort deflected off Tony Popovic and Gabor Kiraly made a comfortable save.

Fernandes then wasted a glorious opportunity to put Saints ahead.

He raced clear down the left, but with Phillips screaming for a ball to be played into the box, the Frenchman went alone and blazed high into the crowd.

Palace finally came to life after the break and could have been three-up within two minutes of the restart.

Johnson was denied twice by Kasey Keller, once from the right and once from the left, before the Palace striker finally managed to float a header into the top corner to put the visitors ahead.

Saints were level within 90 seconds though when Phillips ghosted in at the back post to stab home Fernades' cross from close range.

But, to cap an amazing start to the second-half, Routledge put Palace ahead again.

He controlled the ball on the right touchline, before cutting inside and scoring via a deflection off Jakobsson, leaving Keller wrong-footed.

Saints boss Steve Wigley brought giant striker Peter Crouch on for Blackstock and he made an immediate impression, creating havoc in the Eagles' defence.

And it was from Crouch's nod down that Jakobsson stretched out a leg to level for the home side.

Crouch had a chance to win it for Saints in injury-time, and although he lifted his effort over Kiraly, it also drifted agonisingly over the bar.

Southampton: Keller, Dodd (Griffit 68), Jakobsson, Kenton, Le Saux, Telfer, Anders Svensson, Delap, Fernandes, Blackstock (Crouch 68), Phillips.
Subs Not Used: Ormerod, Higginbotham, Poke.

Goals: Phillips 50, Jakobsson 76.

Crystal Palace: Kiraly, Boyce, Popovic, Hall, Granville, Routledge, Riihilahti, Watson, Kolkka, Hughes, Johnson. Subs Not Used: Speroni, Freedman, Andrews, Leigertwood, Lakis.

Booked: Granville, Watson, Popovic.

Goals: Johnson 48, Routledge 54.

Att: 31,833.

Ref: P Walton (Northamptonshire).

Interview: Steve Wigley

Interview: Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie

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