Feyenoord forward Dirk Kuyt says the Rotterdam outfit have “thrown away” their chances of winning the Eredivisie title, after suffering their fourth successive lost on Thursday.
Kuyt admitted that he “understands the emotions” of the supporters, following their 2-1 home defeat to Heerenven, a result which leaves them in third place in the Eredivisie, 12 points behind leaders Ajax.
The 35-year-old Kuyt, who has scored 13 times in the league so far this season, admitted that the string of poor results means Feyenoord are unlikely to win their first league title since the turn of the century this time around.
“I understand the emotions of the supporters, which I am one myself,” the former Liverpool player told Fox Sports.
“De Kuip [Feyenoord’s stadium] was still completely full. I hate it. It’s terrible that we have suffered defeats and have been unable to rectify this in the past few weeks. This is a shame.
“In this case, we have thrown our season away. But we have to keep looking ahead to Sunday at home against ADO Den Haag.”
Kuyt conceded that his side is down on confidence as a result of the poor performances over the last month.
“We want the confidence of the fans to recover but we have failed,”Kuyt continued.
“The contrast between the first half of the competition is so big. If you see how in October we beat Heerenveen 5-2 and then compare that to this match, it is unbelievable.”
Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst echoed Kuyt’s sentiments, saying his players are lacking in self-belief.
“We are in a difficult phase,” Van Bronckhorst said in an interview with De Telegraaf.
“The confidence is completely gone. We saw that after we were 1-0 behind.
“I cannot blame the team [and say] that they did not fight. The only thing that we can do now is to work hard to leave this period as soon as possible.”