Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has praised his players for their ‘spirit and attitude’ in the impressive 0-0 draw against Liverpool.

The Magpies defended brilliantly at St James’ Park, stopping big chances from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Keeper Karl Darlow was arguably the man of the match, pulling off a fingertip save to prevent Salah from scoring.

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Fabian Schar achieved a goal line clearance, getting to the ball ahead of Sadio Mane to keep it goalless.

The draw puts Newcastle 14th in the Premier League table on 19 points.

Speaking after the match, Bruce told BBC Sport: “The goalkeeper has produced some great saves. The spirit and attitude also, and we created a few chances ourselves.

“When you play against arguably one of the best teams in the world you need a bit of luck, but the spirit and the endeavour was there for all to see. I am delighted with them. Overall, very, very pleased with the performance.

“We are trying to be a little higher up the pitch and I think that has been the case in the last few games. We’ve had Man City and now Liverpool so to get a point is terrific.

“The one thing you want is competition and you can see Karl Darlow is doing all he can to keep the shirt. He works tirelessly behind the scenes but of course Martin Dubravka has won all the plaudits and the player of the year award.

“For us, we knew we let everyone down in a big cup tie. We blew it. We have to take the criticism that comes our way and accept it but I hope the supporters who watched this game today could really enjoy the performance. It was a great performance and let’s look forward to Sunday.”

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