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Janmaat keen for cup success

Daryl Janmaat has told Feyenoord to stay focused ahead of Wednesday's KNVB Beker second-round tie against NEC Nijmegen.

The Holland international won the competition with Heerenveen in 2009 and wants his current employers to emulate that success.

"The league is very important to us, but the cup can also be very beautiful," he told the club's official website.

"I've won the cup with Heerenveen, which was a lovely experience. Wednesday's match is very important."

Ajax travel to Utrecht in another of Wednesday's most appealing ties without South Africa midfielder Thulani Serero, who has been ruled out until the new year with a torn groin muscle.

Heerenveen make the journey to face Kozakken Boys boosted by the overdue arrival of Marco Pappa, with the Guatemala winger keen to make up for time lost to red tape.

"Finally everything is arranged," he said. "I have seen Heerenveen on TV a few times and now I would like to contribute."

League leaders Twente travel to RVVH while second-placed surprise package Vitesse also face unheralded opposition in the form of Gemert.

ADO Den Haag, Groningen, Heracles and NAC Breda are also in action away from home, at IJsselmeervogels, GVVV, Lienden and MVV respectively, while Willem II host Dordrecht.

VVV-Venlo coach Ton Lokhoff has set his sights on an overdue cup run as his side prepare to tackle Go Ahead Eagles on Tuesday

VVV have won only one game in the competition in the past six seasons, against ADO Den Haag in the second round in 2009-10, and Lokhoff has no doubts about his aim for Tuesday's game.

"On to the third round!" he told the club's website. "It has been too long."

RKC Waalwijk coach Erwin Koeman will not allow his side to become complacent against third-tier FC Lisse.

"Lisse is certainly not a snack for RKC," coach Erwin Koeman told Brabants Dagblad. "If you do not get an early lead, it can be a difficult and annoying contest."

The two other Eredivisie teams in action on Tuesday, Roda JC and PEC Zwolle, meet in Kerkrade with the latter missing captain Joey van den Berg due to bruised ribs.

De Graafschap coach Pieter Huistra hopes the Eerste Divisie side can turn around their dismal form against minnows Sparta Nijkerk.

Relegated last season, the Doetinchem side have not won since the opening day of the new campaign and a group of fans responded to Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Almere City by throwing stones at the team bus.

Huistra told Omroep Gelderland: "We have had a troubled start as we try to bed in new signings.

"On Saturday we obviously felt the disappointment and we were quite shocked by the stones thrown at the bus. The great thing is that we have a new challenge so soon, one that we should win. We must reach the next round."

Thursday's action sees Eredivisie sides PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar take on Achilles 29 and Veendam respectively.