Norwich City boss Lambert hails teenage keeper Jed Steer after FA Cup win at West Brom
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert hailed a special debut from young keeper Jed Steer in today's FA Cup fourth round win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Steer turned in a faultless display on his senior debut for the club with a string of saves labelled 'world class' by a delighted Lambert. Grant Holt's early opener was cancelled out by Marc Antoine Fortune's slot after the interval but second half sub Simeon Jackson pounced on indecision fron Craig Dawson to fire across Ben Foster.
Jackson's winner propelled Norwich into Sunday's fifth round draw for only the fourth time in the past two decades - but it was Steer who grabbed the headline. The teenager denied Jerome Thomas with a point blank reaction stop in the first period before a series of key saves at regular intervals after the break.
'I thought his saves were world class. I really did,' said Lambert. 'I thought he was terrific. It's only one game for him but he has a great enthusiasm for it and he is a really level-headed lad. I thought the main difference that was so impressive was his handling. But he made two superb saves. I've never had any fear about putting any of the boys in. The same with Korey (Smith) and Dec (Rudd). You just don't know until someone gets an opportunity and if they don't get an opportunity how do you know? I knew his temperament was great and that he could handle a crowd.'
Lambert admitted he was relieved to avoid a replay.
'Delighted to get through and pleased not to have a replay,' he said. 'I didn't want to go to that as I said yesterday. This was a really tough place to go but we came up trumps.'