Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis said he had no excuses for his penalty miss against Holland.
The Rangers star added that the reaction of the home fans when they sang his name, after he blazed a first half spot kick over the bar in the scoreless draw, meant a lot to him.
Davis has been a shining light for the Northern Ireland side since his debut in 2005. Last night he won his 116th cap and had a golden opportunity in the 30th minute to give Michael O’Neill’s side the lead in the Euro 2020 qualifier.
Such a reliable figure down the years, uncharacteristically the 34-year-old smashed off target.
Asked about the penalty miss, Davis said: "I watched clips before the game and I thought he (Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen) went quite early so the idea was to hit it down the middle and I hit it a little bit too much down the middle.
"It was a huge disappointment because it was a great opportunity to get us in front."
Cillessen and the Dutch players had delayed the penalty being taken but true to form Davis took responsibility saying: "That’s all part of the game. No excuses from me. I didn’t feel in my head that any of that affected me. Unfortunately, I just put too much on it."
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Seconds after the penalty, the Green and White Army roared the midfielder’s name.
"That meant a lot to be fair. I’ve always given my all to my country every time I’ve gone out there to play through difficult times and the good times in the last few years. I very much appreciated that reaction from our fans.
"I had to get on with the game after the penalty and not to get the win was a big disappointment because we all wanted that big result and a big scalp to take it into the final game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it."
Manager Michael O’Neill, in a show of togetherness with his skipper, walked off the pitch hugging Davis after the 0-0 draw.
"Michael didn’t say anything to me," said Davis.
"We didn’t need any words. If this was to be Michael’s last game at Windsor Park — obviously we don’t know where we will be playing in the play-offs — I would loved to have got that big win for him but unfortunately we missed it."
While O’Neill is definitely on his way at some stage, having been appointed manager of Stoke earlier this month, there are also fears that this could be the final campaign for Davis.
Quizzed on that, the Northern Ireland great said: "I want to try and enjoy my football for as long as possible. I still very much enjoy coming away with the international team and playing in front of the fans. That’s not really on my mind at the moment."
What is on his mind is Germany on Tuesday in Frankfurt and the play-offs in March.
"We are disappointed now but we will look back on this match and take a lot of positives from it and whatever way the Germany game ends up on Tuesday we will look forward to the play-offs after that."