Why Steer has claim to TWO finals

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith says keeper Jed Steer can take credit from having an involvement in TWO Wembley finals.

Steer has emerged as Villa’s No1 after his recall from Charlton Athletic – who are playing in Sunday’s League One Play-off Final against Sunderland.

It is fairytale stuff for Steer who played 19 games for Charlton but returned to Villa when Orjan Nyland was ruled out injured for the rest of the season.

And it looked as though Steer would remain on the bench for the rest of the season as understudy to Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic.

But when Kalinic came off injured against West Brom, Steer stepped in and his form was so good he kept his place.

Smith told Villa’s official TV channel: “Charlton have done fantastically to get to the final and Jed can take great credit in that.

“But he can also take credit for the run we’ve been on. His chance came along, such is life that an injury to Orjan meant he came back, then Kali got injured and Jed’s been ready for his chance.

“He’s worked very well with out goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler and he’s improved as keeper, you can see the confidence he’s got. But more importantly, the confidence that all the players around him have in him as well.”

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