Moussa Sissoko has said that despite the 2-1 defeat there were a lot of positives to take from last night’s match against Club Atlas.

After going two down and surviving a shot that hit the woodwork, Moussa Sissoko then reduced the Mexican club’s advantage to one on the stroke of half-time.

However, the French international says goals are immaterial and it is all about the team and their build-up to the Southampton match in 25 days time.

Sissoko also says that Steve McClaren is a good person but it too early to talk about the changes he is making at St James Park.

Moussa Sissoko talking to NUFC TV:

“It was a good game against a good team. We started well and had some chances but didn’t score, after that they scored with a penalty and then a second goal.

“After that it was a little bit better and the second half we played much higher and pressed together. It’s ok because we are just working towards that first game (Southampton) of the season.”

Seeing good things:

“It is not easy to play this game because this team (Club Atlas) is already prepared for the season, so we have to keep on going and try to be better for the next game.

“It is always nice to score but the most important thing is the team, when the team play well I am happy and we saw some good things today.”

New tactics:

“Steve McClaren has brought new tactics and I think he is a good manager and we have to work hard with him.

“But it is too early to say something about him but he is a good person, so I hope we can do a good season together.”

Watch Moussa Sissoko’s goal and full match highlights HERE.