The Whites looked to be heading for a hard-earned point until Hatem Ben Arfa’s 86th-minute effort sent the visitors home empty handed.
Despite the defeat, Ruiz insisted there were positives for Fulham to take away, telling the official website: “In the first half especially, I thought we played really well. We kept the ball and created some chances. In the second half we had a couple more opportunities to score but we couldn’t. I think we deserved a point.
“In the last 15 minutes they started to create more but we thought we were in control.”
Ruiz went closest for Fulham to finding the net at St James’ Park, seeing his free-kick from just outside the area spectacularly saved by Tim Krul, who later denied Adel Taarabt shortly before Newcastle’s goal.
“Even after the free-kick, we had a lot of the ball and Adel also saw a shot saved,” said Ruiz. “It was a pity as they took their chance. That’s football. We’re not happy with the result but we have to continue working hard to get more points. We’re a bit sad in the dressing room as we felt we’d played well and to concede a goal at the end is hard.”
Ruiz was handed his first league start of the season and was deployed in a role on the right of midfield as Martin Jol fielded two strikers up top in Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov.
“I was pleased to be back in the first XI but I need to get my rhythm and play more minutes,” stated Ruiz. “That will get my confidence up 100 per cent. I felt comfortable on the right, I am happy to play there and I saw a lot of the ball.”