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Sander Berge said the return of Billy Sharp from injury yesterday made it feel like there was an extra 15,000 supporters in the stands.

The Norwegian midfielder was reflecting on the return of Billy Sharp from injury during yesterday’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City. Sharp came on for the final 20 minutes, replacing Sheffield United ’s goalscorer Iliman Ndiaye.

Sharp’s time on the pitch suggests he will be available for United’s final two matches and the play-offs should the Blades get there. The win over Cardiff left United in sixth place, three points ahead of Millwall in seventh.

READ MORE: Sheffield United’s win over Cardiff sends message to Championship rivals

Speaking on the club’s YouTube feed, Berge said of Sharp: “He is such a leader. He’s strong, he goes forward and he keeps the ball. It’s like we get another 15,000 in the crowd when he comes on. He lifts the whole group and that’s the spirit he brings all the time.”

Berge had two chances to score yesterday, but was unable to finish either of them. Regardless, he had a vital role in getting Sheffield United back on track after a run of draws and a loss. Berge said of the match against Cardiff: “We had to come back at our best. We knew it was would be a difficult game.

“They don’t have any pressure on them. They are safe and want to play football, coming here and trying to defend, dangerous on the counter as well.

“But we kept being patient, created chances and it was very important to come out in the second half and get the early goal and then build from that. I thought we were very strong and they didn’t create much in the second half.”

United next play QPR in London on Friday night. Their final match is at home to Fulham on May 7.

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