A well-controlled Scott Hogan finish and a towering Jack O’Connell header gave Sheffield United a comfortable 2-0 home win against Ipswich, essentially sealing a return to the Premier League for the Blades.
Wing-back George Baldock said: “The key this season has been hard work and togetherness, and to be honest we’ve just got some really good football players. The gaffer has got everyone working so well together.
“Everyone wants to do so well for this football club, and I think the celebrations after the game reflect that.
“At the end the gaffer got us together and told us to embrace it (the crowd’s celebrations). He’s been supporting the club since he was a kid, so he knows what it’s all about.
United manager Chris Wilder was ecstatic with the win, but level headed despite almost certain promotion.
He said: “There’s still a game to play, and we’re going to go a try and win the Championship. It’s not finished yet.
“This has possibly been the longest week of my life! It’s been a bit surreal, one defeat in 13 and an unbelievable run since Christmas.
“I thought the way we started the game, we could have gone from one to two (goals) a little quicker, but I think we dominated the game.
“You have to enjoy the good days and we’ve had a good day today.
“We need to go and enjoy it (the Premier League). We’ve taken a lot of stick over the years, but we need to go and enjoy it. We’ve earned it.
Reflecting on his side’s journey from League One to the Premier League, Wilder said: “When I first came in we needed to change the mindset of the players and give the fans something to hang on to.
“I’ll be the face of this football club, not just on the good days but on the bad days too. I’m amazingly proud to lead this group of players and staff that give everything for this football club”.