Janmaat: Netherlands' defeat is all my fault
The right-back's defensive error gifted Czech Republic a stoppage-time winner and took full responsibility for the gaffe, while Robin van Persie insists they simply were not goo...
Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat has said he is the man to blame after a blunder allowed the Czech Republic to score a stoppage-time winner in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.
A Borek Dockal stunner gave the hosts the lead before Stefan de Vrij's second-half header tied things up. But just as the sides looked destined to share the spoils, Janmaat tried to head a cross back to Jasper Cillessen only for the ball to hit the post and allow substitute Vaclav Pilar an easy finish to give the hosts a 2-1 win.
Janmaat said he takes full responsibility for the defeat, insisting his side really should have won the game.
"Yes, that's right. This is my fault and it is inexcusable," he told NOS when asked if he felt he was the man to blame for the loss.
"It was a big mistake, I wanted to head the ball back to Jasper, but I didn't hit it well. Now I've scored a sort of own goal and feel very bad about it. It felt like the ground had been swept away underneath me. Czech Republic away isn't easy, but we had to win this one."
The Newcastle right-back's disappointment was shared by Robin van Persie, who insisted the Oranje must win their next game.
"It wasn't good at all - a 1-1 draw wouldn't have been that bad, but to give it away like this is very bad," the Manchester United striker said.
"We had a lot of the ball, but we didn't do much good with it. What do we need to change? We need to win next time."
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