Newcastle United midfielder Yoan Gouffran has revealed that he was encouraged by his side's performance in their 2-1 defeat to Club Atlas in the first match of their pre-season tour of the USA.
He told the club's official website: "It was a good game. We lost but I think we did well overall. Yes, we conceded two goals in the first 20 minutes but after that we were much better and we are working hard to be fit. This game will be good for us.
"Pre-season is all about finding fitness and doing the right things on the pitch.
"It is different but good. They want to play well and want us to show good things all the time. He wants us to pass the ball and that will suit the players we have. It is a very good idea."
Newcastle are next in action against Sacramento Republic on Sunday.