Ruben Neves' first headed goal of his career cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles' opener The Magpies - a game in which Newcastle will feel was two points dropped in their fight against relegation.
Here are the most important responses Newcastle boss made to the media in his post-match press conference this evening:
A pleasing performance, but missed chances a disappointment
Bruce reiterated that losing Almiron at half-time affected his side greatly; but the chances in front of goal that were missed proved costly: "I was very, very pleased with us.
"The loss of [Miguel] Almiron affected us but we're disappointed we didn't see it through.
"I'm disappointed with the number of chances we unfortunately missed."
Big opportunities missed
Bruce said that his side had enough chances to win the game tonight, but could not put the ball in the net for a second time: "That's why [the strikers] usually cost the most money - to go calm and stick it in the net.
"We've had enough chances - big chances - to get a couple of goals and unfortunately we didn't take them."
The Paraguayan was holding his knee on the 30 minute mark, but played on with the injury until half-time.
Bruce said that a scan is scheduled for him tomorrow, and a verdict on how serious the injury is too early to say: "The way he was at half-time told it all.
"He's a wonderful pro and he was in distress so let's hope it's not that bad.
"We'll have scans tomorrow and see how it is but it's too early to speculate how serious it was."
The return of Martin Dubravka
He did not get a strong enough arm on Neves' equalising goal, but certainly made up for it with an outstanding point-blank save to deny Fabio Silva in the 95th minute of the game.
"First of all we should stop the cross but it's a great header from [Ruben] Neves.
"Martin [Dubravka], being the type of lad he is and getting a big hand to it, will be disappointed he didn't keep it out but he pulled off a wonderful save five minutes later."