Poulsen accepts responsibility
Simon Poulsen accepted full responsibility for a freak own goal that helped Holland triumph 2-0.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 14/06/10 6:08pm
Denmark defender Simon Poulsen accepted full responsibility for a freak own goal that helped Holland triumph 2-0 on Monday.
The Danes were battling well against their Group E opposition in Johannesburg until Poulsen's wayward header deflected off team-mate Daniel Agger to gift the Dutch the lead.
Poulsen, who plies his domestic trade at AZ Alkmaar, was appearing in just his sixth game for his country and admitted he was devastated to see his header hit Agger on the back and drop home.
"I was just thinking, 'this can't be happening'," he said.
Poulsen let slip a bemused grin upon seeing the ball head into his own net but insisted his reaction did not mean he was not affected by the gaffe.
He continued: "Of course I take it seriously. But what can I do?" he said. "I can go cry and then they can send me home. But that's not what it's about.
"You have to admit when it's your fault and today it was my mistake but I need to go forward."