Sunderland progressed to the final of the EFL Trophy last night, beating Bristol Rovers 2-0 to book a Wembley date with Portsmouth.
Goals from Will Grigg and Lewis Morgan did enough to see Sunderland to victory at The Memorial Stadium and they will now compete for silverware.
But it was Grant Leadbitter who seemed to impress most Sunderland fans with his tidy midfield performance.
Jack Ross brought Leadbitter back to The Stadium of Light in January and he left Middlesbrough to return to his local club.
Chester-le-Street-born boyhood Sunderland fan Leadbitter spent seven years with the Black Cats between 2002 and 2009 and now he is back.
Sunderland fans took to social media to praise the 33-year-old, who kept things ticking over in the centre of the park.
Leadbitter will now play a vital role in Sunderland’s promotion push as they aim to head back to the Championship as well as fighting for the EFL Trophy.
Below are several opinions from Sunderland fans, who were left astonished by a complete midfield performance from fan favourite Leadbitter.
Leadbitter been a class above tonight #safclive
— Marc Fox (@marcfox8) March 5, 2019
Leadbitter motm by a mile last night. Seems to calm other players too. Passing very well under pressure. Hopefully we can do the same vs Barnsley on Tuesday with their high press and get them on the counter attack.
— AZK (@Apc42003075) March 6, 2019
Leadbitter he held it all together
— life of grime (@ianorrsheriff) March 5, 2019
Leadbitter was man of the match, ran the show. Makes us tick.
— Richy Duggan (@richyduggan) March 6, 2019
Leadbitter by a mile
— John Walvin (@john_walvin) March 5, 2019
Leadbitter he's a class above every team he's faced for us since he joined, ran the show
— Nick (@nicholaswilso11) March 5, 2019
Leadbitter so composed and ran the show
— Chris Trotter (@trotski1989) March 5, 2019
What a player leadbitter is
— tom knox (@tomknox3) March 5, 2019