Steer: Why Albion fans helped us

By Graham Hill

JED Steer says that West Brom fans’ attempts to intimidate Villa before the game only inspired them to get to Wembley.

Villa’s team bus was given a hostile welcome by Baggies supporters outside The Hawthorns when it drew up outside the stadium on Tuesday night.

But Villa’s hero keeper says that made Dean Smith’s side even more determined to finish the job after taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Championship play-off semi final tie.

Villa lost 1-0 on the night but beat 10-man Albion in a penalty shoot-out with Steer making two crucial saves.

Steer told the Daily Mirror: “We got a bit of a welcoming party.

That just spurred us on even more.

“We saw how much they wanted it but we wanted it more, so that was quite good to see.

“We knew it was going to be that sort of atmosphere. It was a great occasion and one that we came out of on the right side.”

Villa will now play Derby County in an all-Midlands Wembley final.

The Rams beat Leeds in an incredible second leg at Elland Road to beat Marcelo Bielsa’s side who had been favourites to go through.

Now Derby boss Frank Lampard will come up against friends and former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry, who has been a key member of Villa’s coaching staff this season.

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