Keegan defiant after defeat


NEWCASTLE manager Kevin Keegan was defiant at Anfield last night after his side's fourth defeat in six games, saying he would leave the club before changing his side's attacking style of play.

"We lost nothing in defeat here tonight. It was a terrific game of football and no one will be asking" for their money back after the "Lady Luck" is not with us like she was at the start of the season. But if we win nothing, so be it.

"But this title race will go to the wire make no mistake about that. Tonight was a classic an every player on the pitch can feel proud of his contribution.

Asked if he will making an tactical changes to his open, defensively vulnerable approach, Keegan replied "I'm not changing the way" we play. If it does, I go."

After by far the best match of the season so far, Liverpool manager, Roy Evans declared. "Now we feel we've a realistic chance of the title.

Liverpool goal hero Stan Collymore revealed Evans half time words had proved absolutely right. "The gaffer told us if we kept going we would win the game," said the former Nottingham Forests star.

We've left it late. It was such an open game and there were chances galore. Both sides went for the win but fortunately we got it and it keeps the race wide open."

Victory closed Liverpool to within five points of their FA Cup final opponents United, but the bookmakers reacted by trimming Manchester's odds to 1-2, with Newcastle drifting to Liverpool in a couple of points to 8-1.

Even so Evans maintained "I am not interested in Manchester United or Newcastle. I'm interested in what good for Liverpool, and this keeps us in the hunt.

"I didn't get much time to relax. It was a fantastic effort from both teams and a great game. But to be fair, it was kamikaze defending. Managers would be dead within six months if every game was like that."