There are probably a couple of reasons that Daryl Janmaat was left out of the Holland squad for this International break by Dutch manager Guus Hiddink.
A distressed Daryl Janmaat after Pilar scored winner for Czech Republic
One was that until the last few weeks he was still adjusting to English football, and Newcastle were struggling in the bottom three of the Premier League.
The second was that he was responsible for the Czech Republic’s dramatic winning goal in stoppage time in Prague in Hiddink’s first competitive game back in charge, when the Newcastle right back made a terrible mistake right at the death, that allowed Vaclav Pilar to get the winning goal in a shock 2-1 defeat for Holland.
Daryl attempted a header back to goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from a corner, but it was misdirected, and hit the post and Pilar hit the rebound into the back of the net to win the game for the Czech Republic in stoppage time.
But only Dutch manager Guus Hiddink knows, but Holland has lost their last two Euro 2016 qualifiers with a defeat also against Iceland, and we suppose the Dutchman had to make some changes.
It’s just fate that Daryl had one of his best games for Newcastle last Sunday and provided the crosses for our two goals in the 2-0 win at West Brom and he was easily our Man of the Match.
This is what Daryl has said about the Newcastle situation at the moment – we have won the last five games, and have played very well, with a number of our players showing some top form:
“It’s great to be where we are now. We have to enjoy where we are but we have to be sharp. QPR will also be tough at home next Saturday, but it is a great chance for us to climb even higher.”
“I think form like what I’m showing at Newcastle will get me back in the squad. It was nice to get two assists at West Brom. I like to get down the line and send crosses in, that’s one of my strengths, so to see those crosses end up in the net is fantastic.”
“That’s what makes it worthwhile.” “We have to forget about what went wrong. We are in it for each other, we have five wins in a row and that’s great. We have to focus on the future not the first few months.”
“That’s why I signed for Newcastle, for form like we are showing. We can have a great season. We just have to keep going. The shape of the team is good. We have got even better, got more confidence and we are playing better.”
Daryl’s right about thinking to the future, and in fact our next three games – at home to QPR and at West Ham and Burnley are difficult games but still winnable – if we continue to show our good form of late.
When we finished 5th under Alan Pardew we started the season on an 11 game unbeaten run and had 25 points, and then we lost a few games but we kept coming back and winning games.
That’s what we need to do this season, and whenever the winning run ends, the next game is the right time to start a new winning run.
It’s also clear that the team spirit the lads are showing is a real strength of the current side, and everybody is working for each other.
In the last few games Newcastle have been a very good side to watch and the players seem 100% behind manager Alan Pardew who has had a poor year, until this winning run started.
In the last five games we have doubled the number of wins Newcastle have had this year.
But it’s one game at a time we suppose – and next up is QPR at home, and we have to somehow try to win that game.
Howay The Lads!!
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