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Debuchy issues rallying call

Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy insists his side need to improve or face further disappointment.

The Magpies' home defeat by Swansea on Saturday made it five defeats in a row, with only one goal scored in the process - form which has seen what promised to be a positive season peter out.

However, Debuchy is adamant that all is not yet lost, and that Newcastle can still salvage some pride before the season is over.

"Everyone is very disappointed, of course," Debuchy told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"I have never known five defeats in a row.

"It is something which is not acceptable for a club like Newcastle United and a squad like ours. It is something we simply should not be doing."

However, the French full-back did take some positives from Saturday's defeat, insisting the loss was unjustified.

"I think we deserved at least a draw from that but we have to look back at the mistakes we made," Debuchy added.

"We lost from two set-pieces - a corner and a penalty - and that is nowhere near good enough."