As Brian Clough, the most successful manager in the history of Nottingham Forest, once said, it only takes a second to score a goal.

It’s a point made by Huddersfield Town’s on-loan Aston Villa keeper Jed Steer as he prepares to visit the City Ground.

The 23-year-old is desperate to plug the leak of goals as Town, 17th in the Championship, aim to end a losing sequence which has so far lasted four matches against a 10th-placed side who have kept four straight clean sheets.

Steer has featured in three of the defeats, with seven goals given away in that time.

“We all believe we have deserved more points than we have got of late,” said the Norwich City product (he joined Villa in 2013).

“You have to look at results at the end of the day, but in the majority of games, the performances have been there.

Jed Steer has saved over two thirds of shots fired at his goal this season

“And we can go to Forest with confidence knowing that if we perform as we can, we can get something.”

Steer, who has made 22 Town appearances so far, added: “We all want clean sheets, and we are working hard on defending as a team.

“The Championship is a very competitive league and you do well to keep clean sheets, so full marks to Forest.

“What we have to do is keep working hard and try very hard to maintain concentration all the way through matches.

“But we won’t change our tactics. Everyone in the changing room knows the way we want to play works.

“We are all behind it and want to stick with it.”

Steer, who had loan spells at Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town last season, says he is enjoying his time at Town.

“All young players need experience, and as a keeper, it can be hard to get it,” he explained.

“I have to keep my performances up to play games and that’s what I want to do.

“I had a stint in League I last season, and it’s been brilliant to step up and play in the Championship this time.”

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Steer’s long-term aim is to add to his one Premier League appearance (at home to Burnley last season) for relegation-threatened Villa, who are eight points adrift of safety ahead of their Sunday showdown with Liverpool in Birmigham.

“I keep in touch with a number of the players there,” he explained.

“They are in a tough situation, obviously, but in the last few games, the performances have picked up massively, so everyone says.

“We clearly need to win more games but all the players believe they can still do it and put the points on the board that are needed.”