Stam slams Feyenoord’s defensive lapses

Feyenoord managing director Jan de Jong has hailed Jaap Stam as the 'right man' to lead the side forward.

Jaap Stam slammed Feyenoord’s second-half defending as they almost threw away a three-goal lead in their derby match against Den Haag.

The Dutch tactician watched his side race into a three-goal lead inside 33 minutes thanks to a Rick Karsdorp penalty, Luciano Narsingh and a second spot-kick from Leroy Fer.

However, own goals from Edgar Ie and Renato Tapia in the space of six minutes left Feyenoord hanging on for the three points in the finals even minutes of the game at De Kuip.

Stam was left disappointed with the defending after an otherwise good display and warned they will suffer if they repeat their errors in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox.

The former Manchester United defender, who revealed Steven Berghuis should return from a knee injury to face the Gers, said: “I hammered it into them at half time that we still had to play with the same intensity and we didn’t do that in the second half. That disappoints me. I had to squeeze my buttocks in the end!

“Yes, we showed we can score goals, but we also need to defend properly.

“We were excellent in the second half, but the problem is people won’t remember that – they will only remember that we almost threw away the game with two own goals. It’s very important the players learn from that for what will be a difficult game on Thursday in Glasgow.”