Sander Berge got the crucial opening goal as Sheffield United sealed promotion to the Premier League by beating West Brom last night.
Berge tucked home in front of a jubilant Kop before Anel Ahmedhodzic sealed the deal late on to send Bramall Lane nuts.
For United, it was a performance typical of this season. Not at their fluent best in the first 45 minutes, the Blades stayed in the game and showed the guile and class that has won them so many games this season.
Key to that second half performance were the displays from key players such as Sander Berge, Iliman Ndiaye, and the ever impressive John Egan at centre-half.
And speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Egan himself gave Berge the highest praise, insisting the Norwegian is one of the best to ever do it in the Championship.
“In the second half our qualities showed. This big man here (Sander) was unbelievable. One of the best players to ever play in this division,” Egan remarked.
Berge was kept by United in January as Prince Abdullah resisted bids from the likes of Fulham. In the end, the United owner’s gamble paid off, with the Blades now back in the big time.
Sheffield United News View: Berge has shown his class when it mattered
Similar to last season, Sander Berge appeared to find a new gear from February onwards. Berge did the same last year to drive United into the playoffs and he’s done it once again this season.
Last night he showed everything we thought we were buying when the club forked out £22m. Calm and composed on the ball in a tense first half, Berge then kicked into overdrive in the second half.
The big Norwegian was everywhere. Winning tackles, driving forward, creating chances, and crucially, scoring that vital opening goal.
Hopefully, Berge remains a Blade over the summer. With him and some other key players forming the core of the squad, the Blades should be able to put up a decent fight in the battle to stay up.