Daryl Janmaat’s confident Newcastle United will improve – and quickly – under the guidance of Steve McClaren.
McClaren’s side take on Sacramento Republic in California tomorrow.
Pre-season so far has been good, but we have to improve.Daryl Janmaat
Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Club Atlas in Milwaukee on their first outing in the USA.
Janmaat feels pre-season is a learning curve for the players given the changes behind the scenes since last season, when the club fought a relegation battle.
The defender said: “We have had 10 days in training, and we have time to improve the football.
“We can do that. I think we have trained well. Pre-season so far has been good, but we have to improve.
“We have enough time. We play more games, and we have to improve. I have confidence in that.”
Club Atlas were further ahead in their pre-season preparations, and it showed before the break, though a more aggressive Newcastle went on to dominate the second half.
Janmaat said: “We could have scored more goals, in the second half especially.
“I think we were better in the second half.
“We played much better. We played at a higher tempo and pressed better. We have to continue that.
“It was a good game I think. They have trained longer than us.”