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Keegan confident of Premiership survival

Maybe Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan needs to do more than talking. His side were thoroughly beaten 3-0 by a merciless Liverpool at Anfield in the English Premier League on Saturday and the Geordies have inched closer to the bottom three.

But Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is in his usual optimistic tone about survival and says:

When you have got a bad result you hope everyone else has, but that won’t keep happening.

We are still in charge of our own destination and we can’t expect everyone to lose every game.

You’ve got to win games in this league and put points on the board and get to around 40 points.

Other results haven’t helped us today, but the one result that always matters is your own and that’s the one that has helped us least.

We have got more than enough in the dressing room to get the necessary points and with a few additions we can take this club forward at pace. Nothing has changed there.

I was a little bit disappointed with the performance (against Liverpool). We didn’t show enough courage and self belief to pass the ball when we had it.

When you come to Liverpool you have to compete when you have not got the ball and get some respect when you have.

Every game is important. We have got less to build on today because our performance wasn’t good enough.

But somehow you can’t help feeling that Keegan’s words are hollow and smell of desperation. Although Newcastle are just too good to go down, Keegan now needs to weave a miracle. He still has to lead the Magpies to their first win under him.

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