The decision by former manager Steve Bruce to send Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer out on loan last summer caused a mixed reaction amongst fans. I tend to believe that with his spell of injuries holding him back, getting a solid run of games out with Charlton Athletic was the sensible thing to do.
With new head coach Dean Smith bringing him back in the January transfer window following the injury to Orjan Nyland, Steer battled admirably with new signing Lovre Kalinic but when the opportunity came to establish himself between the sticks, the 26-year-old didn’t look back and gave Smith few reasons to consider a change.
With 18 appearances to his name in the season of 2018/19, Steer certainly made his mark in Tuesday evening’s Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second leg against West Bromwich Albion. Having caught the eye with a couple of bloopers during the 90 minutes, he caught the eye for a completely different reason in the shoot out.
Saving the first two spots kicks and denying Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi with fine stops in what was his first shoot out, Steer told the Official Site.
“When it went to penalties, I was looking forward to it. I’ve never actually been in a penalty shoot-out before. I had a slight feeling that I might save one. But to save two was great. It was a good night. What went through my mind? Save them! It was as simple as that. What a feeling to save two in a shoot-out. Also, let’s not forget, our boys have still got to stick it in the net. They held their nerve and finished it off.”
Fans rightly agreed.
All about Jed Steer, absolute legend. Tough two games but we deserved it in the end. Credit to the Baggies, completely stopped us playing tonight. A lot to work on before Wembley but thrilled to get there again! #vtid #avfc #efl #playoffs
— Daniel Bowden (@DanB5826) May 14, 2019
That was not an easy watch, it was a horrible watch infact just glad to get through it. Some players not at their best tonight but got through it. Jed Steer was our Hero tonight, to think the money we've wasted on GKs this year aswell and he stepped up. Next stop Wembley. #avfc
— Ben Sherwin (@MrJarniSherwin) May 14, 2019
— Glenn Scott (@GlennScott8) May 14, 2019
Jed steer has just proved why he deserved that contract extension #avfc
— Morgan McComb (@McCombMorgan) May 14, 2019
— Chris (@chriso433) May 14, 2019
A word for Jed Steer, shoved out by the club on loan several times. Keeper after keeper bought in as he's deemed not good enough (without a chance really) and he takes us to Wembley ???????????????? #avfc
— マティーと世界???? (@MattyVsTheWorld) May 14, 2019
Got to give steer credit been in the dark for years at the club never thought was really good enough & been called up on in the last 3/4 months and his been solid fair play to the kid #AVFC
— Tom King (@thomasavfc12) May 14, 2019
— Scott (@Scottcdc) May 14, 2019