Steve Bruce has paid tribute to Matt Ritchie for giving 'everything that he has got for the cause' after the Newcastle United head coach switched to a back three against Spurs to accommodate the wing-back.

Ritchie made his first start since his much-publicised row with Bruce in the 2-2 draw at St James' Park last week.

After sticking with a 4-3-1-2 formation for more than two months, Bruce appeared to catch Jose Mourinho by surprise a little by fielding a 3-5-2 against Spurs and Newcastle's wing-backs, Ritchie and Jacob Murphy, caused the visitors problems.

As well as playing a key role in the build-up to both of Newcastle's goals, Ritchie was a vocal presence throughout and the Magpies have missed his presence on the field in recent months.

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It remains to be seen if Bruce will stick with the same system at Burnley on Sunday, but Ritchie will be hoping to start back-to-back games for the first time since January.

"Certainly, he played his part - there's no disputing that," Bruce told reporters on Zoom. "He is one of those characters when you are up against it, he gives everything that he has got for the cause. He has played like that and had a successful career by doing that.

"I was delighted for him. One of the reasons we picked that side last week was to get the balance right to get him in the team so, yeah, he brought something to us, added an edge to us and played very well.

"The challenge now is to repeat it, do it again over the next six or seven weeks, but, certainly, I was delighted with Matty.

"We keep talking about this row. Dear me! It is nothing. It was over-hyped, but I was glad to see him produce the type of performance we know he is capable of."