The five key quotes from Steve Bruce's post-Wolverhampton Wanderers press conference
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Newcastle United's 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers was far from a classic on Sunday afternoon.

Raul Jiminez's strike ten minutes from time looked to have done the business in something of a snore fest at Molineux but Jacob Murphy's late free-kick salvaged a point late on.

The Magpies were far from convincing, however a much improved defensive display suggested that they perhaps deserved something from the game, something which manager Steve Bruce recognised at full-time.

"We were giving too many poor goals away"

The Magpies have kept just the one clean sheet in the Premier League so far this season and that came on the opening day in the 2-0 win against West Ham United.

Since then, Bruce's side have conceded three to Brighton, four to Manchester United, as well as conceding one in the games with Tottenham, Burnley and now Wolves.

However it took something special from Jimenez to break Newcastle down in their latest match and this was something that Bruce was pleased with, and something that he will be looking to build on moving forwards. 

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"The lead up was sloppy"

Despite the eventual finish from Jimenez being one of top quality, Bruce still felt that that there were elements that needed to be improved on in the build-up.

The goal came from a soft free-kick conceded in a wide position, but the defence failed to effectively deal with the ball when trying to clear.

Wolves' Mexican striker seemed to predict exactly that as he was well positioned to bring the ball under control following the poor defensive header. 

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"Jacob Murphy was our best player on the pitch"

The scorer of Newcastle's equaliser was making his first league appearance of the season, and he certainly took his chance well.

The wide man spent last season on loan at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday but now faced his first Premier League match under Bruce's management.

In a flat Toon performance, Murphy was energetic and was always looking to get forwards and he certainly took his opportunity well as he bent his free-kick around the wall late on. 

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"The three centre-backs helped"

Bruce was forced to field a somewhat unorthodox side due to the number of injuries he had to deal with in the midfield area.

Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden were two to miss out, with both Sean and Matty Longstaff also not fit enough to start.

With wingers in the centre of the park, Bruce felt that his three central defenders would be key and this proved to be the case as they provided that extra protection. 

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"That was more like it"

After a number of disappointing showings lately, Bruce ended by praising his side for their improved showing.

He used the word "resilient" which is something that has perhaps been lacking from the Magpies lately.

The performance may have been frustrating with virtually nothing being created on the front foot, but the way the team kept their shape was something that pleased the Newcastle boss.

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