BARNSLEY shot-stopper Luke Steele has admitted his switch to Oakwell has been fantastic for his career.
The former Manchester United keeper has been in sparkling form this season, none more evident than on Tuesday night when he impressed with a brilliant penalty save as the Reds upset Championship high-fliers Hull City with a 2-1 win at Oakwell.
It was only the Tigers’ second defeat on the road in 25 outings and also ended the visitors nine-game unbeaten run.
Steele also pulled off a string of other fine saves which, added to his two stunning penalty saves away to Reading earlier in the season, has deservedly seen him tipped as a potential England keeper one day.
“So far so good,” Steele said. “I feel good and I feel fresh, coming to this club was the best thing I’ve done. I’ve played over 150 games now and I feel established. I feel like a proper goalkeeper rather a bit player.”
Steele’s fine first half save allowed the Reds to forge forward after the break and goals from Craig Davies ad Andy Gray made sure of the points to end a run of back-to-back defeats.
But Steele has stressed the Reds need to be more consistent if they’re to climb up the table.
He said: “We need to be a bit more consistent, we can’t afford to have bad games because we get turned over like we did by Cardiff. We can’t afford to slip up too much because we’ll end up right down the bottom (of the table).
“We’re better than that, we want to crack on. Hopefully this is the start of a good unbeaten run.”