Nottingham Forest played out a classic cup tie with League Two side Bury on Tuesday night, eventually progressing to the second round of the Carabao Cup after winning 10-9 on penalties, and fans of the club on Twitter were buzzing with goalkeeper Luke Steele’s display.
Bury took the lead just two minutes into the game through Eoghan O’Connell’s header to shock the fans at the City Ground. Journeyman Steele was a summer signing for Forest and started the game on the bench. The 33-year-old was called into action though when Jordan Smith was sent off for fouling Bury striker Dominic Telford when through on goal.
Steele kept a clean sheet despite Forest’s numerical disadvantage before Matty Cash equalised late into stoppage time to take the game straight to penalties. The substitute keeper then saved the crucial penalty, but not before he’d tucked one away himself on his debut.
The former Barnsley and Panathinaikos man received plenty of praise on Twitter from Forest fans, with some even calling for him to start ahead of Costel Pantilimon. Check out the best of the tweets below.
— GO-16 (@Official_GO180) August 15, 2018
Luke Steele's debut (GK) penalty shootout and match
— •ᴋᴀᴛɪᴇ• (@NFFCKatie) August 15, 2018
i’ll take it that’s Steele confirmed as our number two then #nffc
— josh (@_smithy37) August 15, 2018
Positives from tonight. Yates looked like he had a bit about him as did Hefele, Robinson & Byram. Steele was a wise purchase. We're through.
Mins in legs
Goncalves is going to struggle physically I think
Smith needs move away. Loan or perm to resurrect career #nffc
— MOD RED (@ModReds) August 15, 2018
Not having a go at Smith, I'm sure he's miserable enough right now, but that would have been a different game if Steele had started in goal. #NFFC
— Richard M8422 (@RichardM8422) August 14, 2018
When does Luke Steele get a statue outside the Trent End after tonight? Basically put himself up there with Francis tonight. I demand Steele in a Wheel! #NFFC
— James Morton (@jamesmorton90) August 14, 2018
Let's not talk about the fact Luke Steele has had the ball in the net more times than Lewis Grabban this season
— Bankzy (@BankzyNFFC) August 14, 2018
— Johnathan Sia (@John_Sia) August 14, 2018