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Fine tactical analysis from the team here at Roker Report.

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance on Saturday?

Sunderland dropped just their fifth point of the season at Fleetwood, despite taking a two-goal lead, but why? We take a look at what the data tells us about the way the game played out on Saturday...

Talking Tactics: The data shows why Sunderland were deserved winners v Accrington

We look at what the data tells us about Sunderland’s win over Accrington - and why, on the balance of play, the Lads were deserved winners in the end.

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s fantastic start to the season?

Sunderland are top of League One after a strong start to the 2021/22 season. After five matches, we look at the data and evaluate what has changed, from playing style to key performance metrics.

Talking Tactics: Lee Johnson gets it right again as Sunderland go top of the league

Here’s how Sunderland avoided falling into Wycombe’s trap to go top of the league with another home win - let’s look at what the data tells us about the way that The Lads played!

Talking Tactics: What the data reveals about Sunderland’s win over Wimbledon

The lads returned to winning ways at the SoL on Saturday with a hard-fought but well-earned 1-0 victory thanks to Carl Winchester’s strike. Here’s what the data tells us about the performance.

Talking Tactics: Does Sunderland’s Burton data tell us anything that we should be worried about?

In a frustrating match, Sunderland wasted chances in the first half and Burton ruthlessly scored with their only shot on target. What does the data say?

Talking Tactics: Breaking down Sunderland’s gameplan after beating MK Dons away

Sunderland’s non-penalty xG was below that of their hosts MK Dons from open play - but did they deserve to travel back up north with all three points?

Talking Tactics: Why Sunderland were deserved winners against a fast-starting Wigan

The data tells us that Sunderland deserved their win over Wigan on Saturday, but what else can we glean from the statistics? Brandon Feeley goes in-depth in the first Talking Tactics of the 2020-21 season...

Talking Tactics: What did we learn about Lee Johnson’s plans from Sunderland’s win v Hearts?

What does what we saw from Sunderland during Saturday’s win over Hearts tell us about Lee Johnson’s plans for the team going forward? We take a deeper look...

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance at Lincoln?

Sunderland lost 2-0 in the opening leg of the League One playoff semi finals on Wednesday night, with Lincoln’s incisive counter-attacks causing a myriad of defensive issues for the away side. What does the data tell us?

Talking Tactics: Who should Lee Johnson choose in Sunderland’s starting XI v Lincoln?

We’ve analysed the data, and this is what it’s showing...

Talking Tactics: Pressing is back - & Sunderland have a new weapon in ‘centralised’ Jordan Jones

It wasn’t all doom and gloom against Northampton - Chris Maguire proved why he’s a worthy option, pressing is back, and Jordan Jones playing centrally gives Sunderland an alternative in attack.

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland finally achieved an overdue victory

Sunderland recorded their 2nd highest shots count in a game this season (24) and the highest amount of shots on target this season (11) - the perfect response!

Talking Tactics: Sunderland were actually unlucky in their loss to Blackpool - here’s why

Lee Johnson didn’t tinker much with Sunderland’s personnel or formation, but his tactics were far more "back-to-basics" as Blackpool nicked all three points through one moment of magic.

Talking Tactics: How did Sunderland manage to sacrifice a lead twice against Accrington Stanley?

Sunderland managed to surrender a lead twice against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. How did this happen and were The Lads unlucky?

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland’s change in formation resulted in a much-improved performance

Lee Johnson’s change in formation yielded better results from Sunderland at Hull, despite having to settle for a point. We look closer at the data to see what it tells us...

Talking Tactics: Looking deeper at the stats - how can Sunderland improve their game management?

The numbers from Sunderland’s loss at Blackpool are similar to the numbers from games we played during our unbeaten run, but why are we losing now?

Talking Tactics: What can Sunderland expect from Blackpool?

Sunderland’s automatic promotion chances hinge on collecting three points against Blackpool, who have flown up the league table since Christmas. Can we use the loss of Elliot Embleton to our advantage?

Talking Tactics: Looking closely at what went wrong for Sunderland against Wigan

There is no point sugar-coating this result and performance - for 35 minutes all seemed decent, but then disaster struck. Here’s what the data shows us about what went wrong for Sunderland at Wigan.

Talking Tactics: Analysing what went right & what went wrong for Sunderland on Saturday

Brandon Feeley looks deeper at Sunderland’s tactics and game-plan from Saturday’s performance against Charlton - what can we learn from what the data shows us?

Talking Tactics: Tactical subs prove crucial for Posh in League One promotion clash

Sunderland and Peterborough played out a close encounter and shared the points at the final whistle – but how did the game look from a data perspective?

Talking Tactics: Will Fergie’s tactical tweaks for Posh cause Sunderland problems today?

Following a hot and cold run of form, Darren Ferguson has made minor changes to keep Peterborough alive in the race for promotion. What can Sunderland learn from this?

Talking Tactics: How Lee Johnson masterminded Sunderland’s feisty comeback against Oxford Utd

Sunderland were forced to come from behind after a poor opening half-an-hour - here’s how Lee Johnson and his side turned things around to make Good Friday a great one.

Talking Tactics: Breaking down how Johnson’s Sunderland broke down Barton’s resilient Bristol side

At the seventh time of asking, Sunderland finally picked up three points against a team managed by Joey Barton - here’s how Lee Johnson found the route to victory.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland forced to settle for a point despite Johnson’s clever tactical switch

Carl Winchester’s advanced position worked in the first half, but not in the second - here’s what went right and what went wrong for Sunderland tactically against Lincoln.

Talking Tactics: How Lee Johnson led Sunderland to a “dirty” win over Accrington

In his post-game interviews, Lee Johnson spoke about the need of having to change the game to a more "dirty nature" to get three points, but this victory was also uber-professional & potentially promotion material.

Talking Tactics: How a half-time change led to McGeady producing a moment of EFL Trophy Final magic

It wasn't a game for the neutrals, but Aiden McGeady's moment of magic and another clean sheet show Lee Johnson's tactical set up was the right one.

Talking Tactics: Are Tranmere Rovers a dream or a nightmare opponent for Sunderland? 

Tranmere Rovers’ season has parallels with Sunderland’s, and both teams come into Sunday’s game in excellent form. But what do we actually know about Tranmere this season? Brandon Feeley gives a breakdown of what the numbers tell us about Tranmere Rovers.

Talking Tactics: A Sunderland two-man midfield provides game-control for the first time in Pompey win

Lee Johnson outwitted Kenny Jackett in every department as Sunderland won at Portsmouth for the first time in 24 years - here’s how he did it.

How Sunderland’s fluid formation led to a comfortable afternoon on Wearside

Against one of the more tactically interesting sides in the bottom half, Sunderland’s own tactical nuances led to all three points for Lee Johnson’s men.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland’s victory over Swindon – total football, or total compensation?

Charlie Wyke once again proved his immense worth to Sunderland this season with a second-half header to seal victory over Swindon. The Lads dominated the game, but couldn’t unlock a staunch defence until that point.

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland’s tactical switch backfired - but super-subs saved them

Phil Butler strips back Sunderland’s performance at Crewe - our switch to a back four backfired, but what did Lee Johnson do right in order for the game to swing back in our favour by the end?