Newcastle, who have fellow strugglers Birmingham, Fulham and Reading in their next four games, were hanging on until a freak Jermaine Pennant goal two minutes from the break, with Fernando Torres doubling the lead a minute later and Steven Gerrard wrapping up the scoring in the 51st minute.
Keegan said: "Their first goal was a freak, and maybe we needed something like that rather than them. That´s what happens when you are struggling. But our players are a tight-knit group and we all believe we have the ability and quality to stay in this division."
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