Ron Vlaar has been impressed with the maturity of fellow defenders Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker in the face of adversity.
Clark dropped a clanger in the defeat to Man City but came charging back with a professional performance in the win at Reading.
Baker scored an own-goal and fell to the floor with his head in his hands after the mistake at the Madejski Stadium but he put it to one side to produce a stirring and steely defensive display for the remainder of the game.
Vlaar felt for his youthful sidekicks after their errors.
But his main emotion was respect after watching them show masses of maturity.
He said: "It's not easy when those things happen to Ciaran and Nathan.
"But they kept their heads up and carried on. It didn't affect Ciaran or Nathan at all.
"I don't think Ciaran thought back at all to the game on Monday when he played against Reading. That's good. He knows these things happen. You have to go through it."
Vlaar was thrilled to pick up three points in the basement battle in Berkshire and admitted it was a "great win."
He added: "It was a very good feeling in the dressing room. Everybody felt great and relieved. It was very important win and we really needed it.
"It was, after all, against a team in the same situation. We did a good job.
"We made very good goals and had good possession too. It's too bad we couldn't get a third goal early to finish the game.
"But we did great after the goal we conceded. It was a great win."
Snap up match tickets for our clash with QPR.