The Irishman saw his side take a deserved lead through Danny Higginbotham´s first goal for the club after passing up a series of earlier opportunities, and was off his seat as former Magpie Michael Chopra powered a header against the crossbar with eight minutes remaining.
However, by then James Milner had levelled when his 65th-minute cross crept inside Craig Gordon´s far post to punish the Wearsiders for their profligacy, and Keane said: "If we keep missing the chances we did, it is very hard to win any game. But I am pleased with the performance and the attitude of the players and the spirit with which they played."
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