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Jul 15, 2015 at 2am UK at Miller Park
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Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran encouraged despite pre-season defeat

Newcastle United midfielder Yoan Gouffran believes that his team are slowly progressing under new manager Steve McClaren despite their pre-season loss to Club Atlas.

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.

Two first-half goals from Gonzalo Bergessio condemned the Magpies to the loss, but Gouffran feels that he and his teammates are slowly working their way into the style of new manager Steve McClaren.

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.

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren watches on during the pre season friendly between Gateshead and Newcastle United at Gateshead International Stadium on July 10, 2015
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