Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has backed team-mate and club captain John Terry after he was sent off in last weekend's Premier League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
The England central defender lost his cool and, after a couple of rash challenges, he was given his marching orders as referee Phil Dowd dished out two yellow cards.
Terry's season has been somewhat turbulent after he was stripped of the England captaincy in light of his off-field spat with Wayne Bridge in February but Lampard believes he is a strong enough person to bounce back.
Speaking to reporters, Lampard said: "JT wants to win and he's a fantastic captain.
"For the first yellow I thought he got a slight touch on the ball, but when he went into that second tackle, you knew the minute the tackle went in he was going to get sent off.
"When you're playing in such circumstances sometimes these things happen."
The free-scoring midfield man, who scored the Blues' consolation in the 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane, also admitted that Paul Scholes' last-gasp winning header for Manchester United at Manchester City was a bitter pill to swallow as they lead the Red Devils at the top of the Premier League by just a single point.
"What happened on Saturday was disappointing, especially with Manchester United's result," he added.
"When they scored in the last minute it was hard. If they had drawn the game it would have left us in a very healthy position but now it's tighter."