Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has defended Tyrone Mings and backed him to regain his form.
Villa travel to Newcastle on Sunday after the England centre-back had a nightmare in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Leeds.
He was robbed by Diego Llorente for Daniel James’ opener, beaten to the ball by James for Leeds’ second and failed to clear before Llorente equalized in the second half.
But Gerrard insisted his captain remains a vital part of his team, even after his error-strewn performance.
He said: “Tyrone is a great player for us, of course he is, he’s a great leader for us in the dressing room. He’s been really good and really strong for us.
“He’s done some great things in the game as well. Tyrone is a big lad, he understands how the game went for him from a personal perspective.
“When things don’t go well for us, it’s a collective responsibility, it’s on me, the boys and the staff. It’s the same when good things happen, when we win and we score. He it’s not about moving anything in anyone’s direction.
“It’s about us moving forward together, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, we always stay together.”
Villa travel to St James’ Park without Ezri Konsa after being sent off late against Leeds.
Gerrard has his side 11th in the Premier League, with Newcastle having won successive games to bolster his hopes of survival under Eddie Howe.
“Eddie has done a good job so far. He’s a great manager with a lot of experience and he’s done well everywhere he’s been,” Gerrard said.
“He’s someone I have the greatest respect for and it’s a different challenge for him. My job is to try to prepare my team to beat him on Sunday, that’s my whole goal.
“Newcastle are a great club with fantastic support, historically. It comes with its own pressures, but so does every job in the Premier League.