Debuchy delighted after debut heroics

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Mathieu Debuchy described his AS Saint-Etienne debut as "ideal" after scoring the opener in Saturday's 2-0 win at Amiens SC.

Debuchy was thrown in at the deep end by coach Jean-Louis Gasset as he made his debut for Les Verts just three days after joining on a deal until the end of the season following his release by Arsenal.

The 32-year-old right-back lasted the 90 minutes at the Stade de la Licorne, though, scoring the opener for his first Ligue 1 goal in six years and then playing a part in the build-up to Sainté's second, from Rémy Cabella.

"It had been a while since I last played so it was a bit tough for me at the end of the match but I am happy to have played a decisive role. It is an ideal debut, I scored and I tried to be solid defensively. I am pleased with the spirit shown by the team," said Debuchy, who has not added to his 27 France caps since September 2015 but still harbours hopes of going to the World Cup.

The former LOSC man was joined in the Saint-Etienne line-up by fellow January recruits Yann M'Vila and Neven Subotic, while Robert Beric also started - he returned last month from a loan at Anderlecht.

Debuchy added: "It was my first match and the rest of the squad have only been playing together for two or three matches, but the coach set out the instructions and us players discussed things well. If we continue like that we will be able to achieve great things, but we must not get carried away. We have a great match ahead of us next Friday (against Olympique de Marseille)."

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