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Steve Bruce believed that Newcastle won their point against Liverpool not only because of their defensive stamina, but that he had obvious praise for goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Newcastle became the first team to keep a clean sheet against the Premier League champions this season by claiming a 0-0 draw in the final game of 2020.
He scored a first clean sheet in five games for Bruce’s team, which may end the year on a high note after enduring mixed fortunes over the past 12 months.
The holiday schedule saw Newcastle play against the last two Premier League champions, Manchester City and Liverpool, in successive games. While they didn’t win either, Bruce is happy with the way they responded to the challenge, and especially with the point they won Wednesday night.
In fact believe Newcastle his point was worth it, in a match in which both goalkeepers stood out.
Bruce said Amazon prime: “We have been lucky at times and our goalkeeper has made some saves that you have to make when you play against one of the best teams in the country and in Europe.
“But his goalkeeper also made a couple of great saves, so I couldn’t blame one man.
“We caused ourselves some problems. We need to improve the ball, especially at the end, we gave it away for little money and we caused ourselves some problems with that, but that is probably tiredness and fatigue.
“They made a big change not only tonight, but also the other day against Man City.”
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The man of the match was Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who has taken a good step in the absence of Martin Dubravka.
Bruce praised Darlow for his patience and confirmed that it would be difficult to quit after that performance.
He said: “He’s had to wait patiently for his opportunity and certainly with the way he trained. Martin Dubravka is fit now, but we needed our second goalkeeper to come forward and right now the jersey is his due to his performances.
“We’ve had to draw on him a lot at times, but there’s no denying he’s been great all season.”
Bruce delighted with Wilson
At the other end of the field, Bruce praised the impact Callum Wilson has had since joining the club.
About the forward he said: “It’s a number nine. He has been fantastic since he arrived and gave us that goal threat and his physique.
“He leads the line terribly well, we have to improve to get him some support and something to feed on.
“In the last third that’s what we have to do: defensively we do well, but we have to turn it into opportunities for our center forward.”
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