Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins backed John Terry to bounce back after a disappointing evening at Everton.
Terry was caught out as Louis Saha fired a superb goal - his second goal of the game - to sink the Barclays Premier League leaders 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Terry, sacked as England captain last week, remains at the centre of a media storm over his private life and has been given permission to miss this weekend's FA Cup clash against Cardiff.
Wilkins said: "I think you have got to give Louis Saha a bit of credit because he is a tough opponent to play against.
"John got caught under the ball for the second one but that was probably thinking Saha might have been going over the top to win it.
"But John has been absolutely outstanding for us all season, so if it was a mistake from John I am sure it was just the slightest of blips."