Football is a team game, and very rarely are goals conceded in football down to one individual's mistake. Kyle Naughton came as close as possible to being individually responsible for goals on two occasions on Saturday, allowing Southampton to take a 2-0 lead at White Hart Lane.
As we know now, Tottenham came back to win the game and didn't concede after that. In pretty fantastic fashion, Tim Sherwood took time to single out Naughton and talk about his performance.
"I want to give credit to Kyle Naughton today," Sherwood said. I told him anyone can make mistakes and it was obvious he made two mistakes. What everyone can't do is stand tall and put themselves on offer in the second half of the game. Too often, players go hiding and want to come off. He wanted to go and put that right and he did that in the second half and I give him massive credit for that. He'll grow from that. I played in a lot of games and they were a disaster. You learn from playing in that and get stronger next time. I want to see people roll their sleeves up and have a go. Anyone can make mistakes. You've just got to get on with it."
From a guy who took to slagging off his players and claiming that a good number of them didn't have enough character, this is a very nice change of pace.
I don't think Tottenham Hotspur are in a legitimate chase for 4th place, even with Arsenal's absolute capitulation at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but these comments and everything about Sunday's second half are big positives. This isn't a broken team that needs gutting, and Kyle Naughton is not crap.