Aston Villa centre-back Martin Laursen has backed goalkeeper Scott Carson to bounce back from his Fratton Park nightmare and go on to become a major player for club and country.
Denmark international Laursen believes the fact Carson has already had to face one major hurdle in his career and his error for England against Croatia in the European 2008 Championship qualifiers will mean he will overcome the latest blip in his career.
On that occasion Carson fumbled a Niko Kranjcar shot allowing the Croatians to dump England out of the competition.
Carson bounced back for Villa after a couple of weeks of stick from visiting supporters but then disaster struck again at Portsmouth at the weekend.
The 22-year-old keeper was caught off his line by Jermain Defoe in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Harry Redknapp's side and the striker, who was rumoured to be heading for Villa Park himself last January, punished the keeper's error.
The Villa shot-stopper, who is on a year-long loan at Villa from Liverpool with the view to a permanent deal at the end of the season, was then involved in a bizarre own-goal when his clearance rebounded off team-mate Nigel Reo-Coker and into the back of the Villa net from 30 yards.
The errors were compounded by the fact that England coach Fabio Capello was watching from the stands and, to add insult to injury, Carson found himself upstaged by the performance of 37-year-old David James at the other end of the pitch.
Laursen said: "The goals were such frustrating goals and one was an own goal as well.
"For the second goal Scott tried to clear it but unfortunately he hit Nigel [Reo-Coker] and the ball just went in to the goal it was very unlucky.
"But Scott will put this behind him. It is a tough business and as our goalkeeper he will be in the spotlight now.
"He needs to be strong but we know that he is strong. He has proved it already coming back like he did after his big mistake with England [against Croatia].
"He has done very well since that game and has proved that he can move on and forget about that so I don't think that will be a problem this time."
Laursen secured his own Villa Park future in January by agreeing a new contract and has since repaid manager Martin O'Neill by earning man of the match accolades on almost a weekly basis.
He added: "The annoying thing with the Portsmouth match was that we had our own chances particularly in the second half. I didn't think we were ever completely lost in the game we were always in it and looked like scoring.
"I always thought we could get something out of it but in the end it wasn't to be. The chances which on another day would have gone in, went begging."
The former AC Milan defender added: "Gabby (Agbonlahor) had a chance in the early stages of the second half and who knows, if we had got that goal, we could have got something out of the game.
"But we should have done better. We all want to go into Europe and play and we all think we have a good team."
Laursen said O'Neill had been driving the players on in their dream to securing European football for next season but had also made it clear that they did not get carried away.
He said lessons would now be learned from the last two results which have seen Villa pick up just one point out of a possible six.
"It is important that we don't get carried away and we don't think ahead too much," said Laursen. "We must just take each game as it comes.
"We now need to focus on the next game and Sunderland on Saturday. We had some other good chances on free-kicks with Olof (Mell-berg) going very close and Zat Knight also had a chance with a header.
"We had some possibilities to score but David James had a very good game and Portsmouth also defended well so credit to them."
O'Neill's men saw fifth-placed Everton slip up at the weekend at Fulham and fellow Inter-Toto Cup chasers Blackburn Rovers also dropped three points at West Ham United.
But with Manchester City winning against Tottenham Hotspur, Villa, who now lie seventh, still have it all to do to book a European ticket.
Laursen added: "We now have to pick ourselves up against Sunderland and we have to prove everyone wrong and show we are serious European contenders. We need to get three points from that game."