Steve McClaren has told the Shields Gazette that he is delighted with the way that his Newcastle United side have applied themselves in training.
McClaren has made a number of changes at St. James' Park over his brief period in charge so far, with finding a balance key.
The former England boss says that he wants to make the Magpies a much more solid defensive unit - while maintaining their attacking threat - and he has been pleased with his players' efforts to make sure that his changes prove effective.
“We have tried to establish that,” he said to the Shields Gazette. “We kind of did that at Middlesbrough when we went in.
“I try to do that wherever I go – you have got to be organised and disciplined. Players have got to do the work, and I am delighted with how they have been working.
“It was something I looked at. It was about 62 goals they conceded last season, and that is going to get you into trouble.
“So there were two things we needed to address. Like a jigsaw puzzle, you try and address one thing and you get a problem, you have to take the pieces out and try again.
“We need to find a balance. We want to be a team that is hard to beat, that works and has the spirit, but also a team that on the other side with the ball, can cause teams problems.”
So far Newcastle's results have not been too encouraging, with the side still awaiting their first Premier League win of the season, but there has been signs of vast improvement.
Under John Carver the North East outfit where on a worrying downwards spiral, but they appear to have arrested this slide and will now be looking to push on up the table.
So far they have drawn against Manchester United and Southampton, and McClaren's defensive changes do seem to have made the team harder to break down.
They will be aiming to build on this solidarity at the back in the future, with a match against West Ham United tonight representing an opportunity for them to claim their first three point haul of the new campaign.