Mathieu Debuchy praises Newcastle United fans after 'France day'

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Mathieu Debuchy was full of praise for the Newcastle United fans after their 4-2 win against Southampton.

Alan Pardew's side played host to his former club at St. James' Park on 'France Day' - dedicated to the Geordies' recent influx of French talent.

In an attempt to make their French stars feel at home, fans dressed up in suitable French attire and the club even put on French themed pre-match entertainment to honour the 10 Frenchmen in the squad.

It seemed to work too, as Newcastle were superb in beating the Saints in what was a vital win that will bring some much needed breathing space between Newcastle and the relegation zone.

After the game, Debuchy was quick to praise both the fans and the club for their innovative idea, stating that the French contingent on Tyneside are appreciative of their efforts.

"It was really good for us," he told the club's official website.

"It was a good initiative taken by the club to do that, and we came away with victory at end of the day, which is fantastic.

"It is something that has really touched me, the warm welcome I've received from everyone - the team, the staff and all the people involved with Newcastle."

Debuchy knows the significance of the win, and showed he's aware of the club's rivalry too, even managing a cheeky jibe at local rivals Sunderland.

The 27-year-old added: "It was a very important win for us today. Obviously Southampton were right there next to us so it was important to get ahead of them.

"And of course it takes us above Sunderland too."


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