Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has jumped to the defender of his under-fire captain Richard Dunne.
Dunne had a day to forget against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after being at fault for the visitors' first goal and then later getting himself sent-off.
The City captain has been questioned in recent weeks after own goals against Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers and Sunday will not have helped his cause.
City seemed to be cruising after Robinho had put them 1-0 up and even after Gelson Fernandes sending off the home side continued to look comfortable.
But with the rain lashing down Dunne misjudged a long pass from Luka Modric and let the ball bounce past his body and Darren Bent was on hand to compound the defender's misery.
Dunne's day was to get worse when he brought down Bent with the striker through on goal and with City already losing 2-1 it was effectively game over.
But Hughes has stood by his skipper and insists that every footballer goes through difficult spells.
He said: "People are highlighting the goals we have conceded and that he has been involved in.
"But they forget how many times he has saved us, not only this season but in the past.
"He is in credit and it is just a spell he is going through. He will come through it - he is a strong character. I have no worries in that respect."