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Santon backs Debuchy to succeed

Newcastle United defender Davide Santon expects new signing Mathieu Debuchy to be a hit at St James’ Park.

Debuchy joined Newcastle from Lille for a reported 6.6 million euros having been linked with a move to the club for several months and made his debut against Norwich on Saturday.

Santon hopes the experience of the 27-year-old, who has played 12 times for France, can help arrest Newcastle’s slide towards the bottom three of the English Premier League after they ended a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

“It is always difficult in your first game but once he has trained more with us (more) and is speaking the language (better) it will be easier,” Santon told the club’s website.

“But I think he is a very good player who can help us. He did well today, looked confident and experienced and I think he can be a great player for Newcastle.”

Santon praised Newcastle’s improved defensive display after Alan Pardew’s side kept out a team who have lost only three times all season at home.

Newcastle came into the game with seven defeats in their last 10 Premier League outings and Santon believes the stalemate is a step in the right direction.

“It was a very good point, especially because today we were solid on the pitch,” he said. “We had a great defence, right up until the final whistle.

“In training all week we have been working on defending, defending, defending, and today we looked much more solid because of it.

“Unfortunately we just couldn’t score and it was difficult with only one or two chances, but the clean sheet and a point away from home was very important for us.

“We knew before the game that it was not going to be easy to come to Norwich and get anything. Big teams have lost here, so we can be proud of our performance.”

Sun 13 January, 2013
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