The five key quotes from Steve Bruce's post-Tottenham Hotspur press conference
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Steve Bruce believes his Newcastle United side had performed well enough to take all three points from their eventual 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

After Joelinton put The Magpies ahead midway through the first half, just six minutes later they found themselves trailing courtesy of a Harry Kane brace.

Newcastle battled hard after the interval and managed to grab a deserved late equaliser through Arsenal loanee Joe Willock.

Here are the most important responses The Toon boss made to the media in his pre-match press conference this afternoon:

A 'tinge of disappointment' at the final result

Newcastle registered more than 20 attempts on goal and had a number of gilt-edge chances go begging – notably for Joelinton – before Willock's 85th-minute leveller.

Bruce, despite a result at first glance that looks a very good one for Newcastle, was a bit disheartened that his side did not pick up all three.

"I thought our performance was enough to win the match so there's a tinge of disappointment.

"I was delighted with the response of the team – they kept at it and got something out of the game which was vitally important."

Joelinton's best performance in a Toon shirt

Joelinton bagged his second goal against Spurs in four appearances against them, and only the fourth goal of his entire Newcastle career.

Bruce was delighted with the way the Brazilian played but did reiterate that he needs to improve his goalscoring form.

"He has had it tough but the one thing about Joe is he doesn't shy away from it.

"Yes, we have to improve his goal tally but over a tough period he's done very well in certain games. Today, arguably, was his best."

A sweet goal for Joe Willock

Joe Willock netted his second Newcastle goal since joining the club on loan in January – a strike that could be crucial for The Magpies come the end of the season.

Bruce said that he knows that Arsenal loanee will be over the moon to have scored against The Gunners’ bitter rivals Spurs.

"I'm delighted for him. He wasn't happy when he wasn't in the starting line-up.

"However, he's come on and got us the goal so I'm delighted he's got one against Tottenham which will please him."

No concerns about team spirit

Due to Newcastle's torrid run of form – where they have won just two games in 21 – there have been many questions surrounding whether The Toon stars have enough fight in them to battle away from relegation.

However, Bruce is adamant that his players are well away from throwing in the towel.

"A lot of them who were playing today have been here four or five years.

"There’s a certain spirit amongst them, which they need to have.

"They need to have that because they’ve got to be at full tilt to get something out of the Premier League week in, week out.

"I’ve got no problems with the spirit amongst them, they’re a really, really good group who want the club to succeed."

More injuries sustained during the international break

Newcastle were without a number of squad players for today's game, with Bruce confirming that those missing this afternoon have picked up injuries during the international break.

"Andy Carroll picked up a calf injury, Ryan Fraser picked up a groin injury while he was away with Scotland and hasn't trained for a few days. Fede Fernández felt his calf again too."

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