Dean Smith’s Aston Villa recorded their sixth consecutive victory on Saturday, coming from behind at Hillsborough to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1. Wow, this late run for promotion to the Premier League really has legs, doesn’t it?
But, the tide of the match could’ve been much different had Steven Fletcher converted his penalty kick in the 57th minute. Villa shot-stopper, Jed Steer, proved just why he is such a valuable player for the Villans as he saved Fletcher’s shot to keep the scores level at that stage of the match.
The saved penalty presented Villa with a golden opportunity to walk away with the spoils and they did exactly that thanks to goals by Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham.
Steer’s pivotal moment though can be seen as a game-changing one and his importance in the Birmingham club’s brilliant recent form should not be underestimated.
Of course, Abraham has been simply sensational this season but Steer is slowly becoming more important.
Since returning from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic at the beginning of the year, Steer has worked hard to earn his place in Smith’s team and had to sit a few games on the bench before getting his shot in the starting lineup.
Despite Villa playing excellent attacking football in their unbeaten run, their defence has also shown loads of improvement, which Steer has had a massive hand in. Individually, he has also looked very comfortable and organised in-goal, making a number of crucial and important saves to give his teammates the upper-hand in those matches.
If Villa were to secure a spot in the Championship play-offs and incredibly manage to earn promotion to the Premier League then a lot of credit will have to go to the contribution the 26-year-old keeper has made in such a short period of time.
Aston Villa fans, just how impressed have you been by Jed Steer? What a gem! Join the discussion by commenting below…