Daryl Janmaat

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Daryl Janmaat believes Newcastle United's players must take their share of the blame for a testing few days on Tyneside.

The Magpies lost 3-1 at home to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday and remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League following the chastening defeat to the Cherries.

On Monday night, United face league leaders Leicester City in a game which will be screened live on Sky Sports and Janmaat knows that a much-improved performance will be required if the Magpies are to avoid another blow in their battle against relegation.

And he accepts that much of the responsibility for the Club's current Premier League predicament lies at the door of the players.

"We are the players, we are the guys who have to do it, and we let the fans down - especially on Saturday," the Dutch defender told nufc.co.uk. "We let them down as players.

"The Bournemouth game was really disappointing. I had a good feeling before the game - I really thought we would get something. In my opinion, we were focused and ready to go.

"But that game was so bad. Everything went wrong. It was a big defeat.

"The fans expect much more from us and that's normal; we do as well. We can do better and we have to do better, there's no doubt about that.

"They pay a lot of money for their tickets and they want to see us winning - not playing like we played on Saturday because that is unacceptable."

Saturday's defeat came in front of a crowd of 52,107 - Newcastle's highest gate of the season so far.

Janmaat, who was named in the Netherlands squad on Wednesday for their upcoming friendlies against France and England, added: "It's been a strange week.

"I don't want to lie to you - of course it affects you. But we are professionals and we have to do our job. That is to train and to try to get better.

"We've trained well, like normal. That's not a problem."

With Leicester closing in on their first ever top-flight title, Janmaat knows that Newcastle will go into Monday's game at the King Power Stadium as definite underdogs.

But United have pulled off shock wins this season against the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool and the right-back said: "Hopefully on Monday we can do that again and take a result from there.

"I think we have nothing to lose there. Nobody expects anything at the moment from Newcastle, so we can play there, have no fear and go for it."