Newcastle United defender admits 'inexcusable, big mistake'

Daryl Janmaat has admitted he made a terrible error for The Netherlands against the Czech Republic.

The Euro 2016 qualifiers got under way this week and there was a few shocks across the continent as the action got into full swing. Bosnia-Herzegovina lost at home to Cyprus, Iceland thrashed Turkey 3-0 and Portugal lost to Albania. Even England won away from Wembley!

But another one that occurred last night was the Czech Republic's win against The Netherlands. It has been a miserable time for new head coach Guus Hiddink since taking over from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal. They lost a friendly against Italy last week and now the third placed side at this summer's World Cup have been conquered by a team ranked 32 places behind them in the FIFA World Rankings.

Goals from Borek Dockal and Vaclav Pilar either side of a Stefan de Vrij strike gave the Czech's victory over their Dutch rivals - but the Pilar goal was mainly down to the fault of a Newcastle United player.

Daryl Janmaat had an excellent World Cup. So much so that Newcastle spent a fair buck on bringing him to St James Park this summer from Feyenoord.

But it was his horror back-pass that gifted the home side victory.

And he has even admitted so himself. The Newcastle full-back told Dutch media after the game:

"This is my fault and it is inexcusable. 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."

Newcastle fans will just hope he has all the mistakes out of his system ahead of the game against Southampton this weekend.

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