Jason Steele showed what he can do for Albion in style last night with a string of super saves.

The summer signing from Sunderland was the star of the show behind a very youthful Albion under-21 line-up in their Checkatrade Trophy at Luton.

Steele made half a dozen fine saves on his debut for the club.

The best was a stunning change of direction to keep out Arthur Read’s heavily deflected shot just before half-time.

His display made impressive viewing as the young Seagulls went down 2-1 to an experienced Hatters outfit selected by Nathan Jones.

Steele has had to wait for competitive action with Mathew Ryan a clear No.1 choice in the Premier League and David Button selected for the Carabao Cup defeat

It took a sharply struck volley by Aaron Jarvis after just five minutes and a deflected Jorge Grant effort late on to beat him.

But Aaron Connolly’s header from Alex Cochrane’s cross sparked a late Seagulls rally.

Luton boss Jones, the former Albion coach, said: “Their keeper made some top saves. We needed something brilliant or lucky to beat him.”

Albion boss Rusk said: “I thought the lads gave their all, stayed in the game, credit to the players. We scored a great goal and were giving it a bit of a go to get something.

“I thought the lads show professionalism, it was a magnificent performance by Steeley in goal and we had our moments. It’s a hard game for us. We look at the positives. I thought the boys showed some really great character.”

Steele added: “It’s a massive positive for the boys to come here and really give their all. They never threw the towel in

“It was nice to get a chance and hopefully I’ve done myself a bit of justice as to why the manager has brought me in.”