Loanee Goalkeeper Jed Steer credits 'friendly competition' for the team performance in the Addicks 2-0 win at Walsall.
Lyle Taylor's ninth league goal of the season and a close-range Krystian Beilik strike secured the win at the Bescot Stadium, moving Charlton back into League One's play-off spots.
Despite climbing into sixth position, the Aston Villa loanee believes the hard work is just beginning for the Addicks. “Obviously we're going to miss a game with the international break, but we want to stay in it, keep pushing on, cement ourselves and then aim for the top two.”
The 26-year-old stopper made 38 Championship appearances for Huddersfield Town during the 2015/16 season and knows how important competition for places is, contesting with Dillon Phillips for the number one shirt. “It's the goalkeepers union, we work together on a daily basis so we get to know each other very well, so it's friendly competition.
“Everyone needs competition, we push each other. Anyone in any position, with that competition you know every day you've got to be at it at training, every game you've got to be at it because you know there's someone there who wants that shirt, but we enjoy it as well.”
It hasn't taken long for Steer to settle in south-east London, “it's a great squad and that's helped me settle in well. Hopefully we can keep on winning games and morale will stay high.”
Due to the “professional team performance,” the 6ft 2in keeper didn't have to face too much during the game, however was forced to demonstrate his quality as a Morgan Ferrier shot brought a diving save.
Charlton's next game is away at Mansfield Town in the FA Cup 1st Round on Sunday, November 11th.
Article by Charlie Farmer