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Fine tactical analysis from the team here at Roker Report.

Talking Tactics: What does the data say about Striker-less Sunderland against Watford?

Sunderland battled Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday and secured a well earned point. What does the data tell us about the performance?

Talking Tactics: Why Sunderland thrived playing with a False 9 in the 3-0 demolition of Reading

While many may have thought it luck or chance, many others saw a disaster with Ellis Simms’ injury - but Tony Mowbray saw an opportunity, one that has been in the works all season long.

Talking Tactics: How did Ross Stewart’s absence disrupt Sunderland’s game plan against ‘Boro?

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young is back to dissect Sunderland’s performance at Boro on Monday - how did the absence of Rossco disrupt Sunderland’s game plan?

Talking Tactics: What the data shows us about savvy Sunderland’s demolition of Rotherham

Sunderland kicked off the Tony Mowbray era with a clinical display against Rotherham at the Stadium of Light. What does the data tell us about the game?

Talking Tactics: Norwich defeat highlights the foundations for Alex Neil’s successor

Now that the dust has settled, RR’s resident analyst Coel Young looks closer at Sunderland’s performance on Saturday - and there are some promising observations that should ensure the next man has a good start.

Talking Tactics: Michael O'Neill fails to emulate Sunderland as Black Cats win 1-0 at Stoke

The former Northern Ireland boss lined his side up in a familiar formation with all-new tactics in an attempt to match the Lads up, but for the first time this season a defensively resolute performance resulted in a clean sheet & all three points.

Talking Tactics: How did Dan Neil’s red card undo a promising Sunderland game-plan?

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young is back once again to dissect Sunderland’s latest performance in a way only he can - how did Dan Neil’s sending off undo our promising game plan at Sheff Utd?

Talking Tactics: Why the data shows that Sunderland shouldn’t panic about the QPR result

We all know how the result went on Saturday, but what does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance against QPR? Brandon Feeley dives deep to find out...

Talking Tactics: How ultra-aggressive and clinical Sunderland managed to beat Bristol City

Ellis Simms and Ross Stewart showed signs of sparking a potentially potent partnership at Ashton Gate on Saturday, finishing off some clinical attacking play. Here’s what the data shows.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland’s intelligent and aggressive pressing undone by smart Robins changes

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young is back to dissect Sunderland’s performance at the weekend - what did we do well in the first half that we weren’t able to do in the second?

Player Analysis: What type of player is new signing Aji Alese?

Good on the ball, great at reading the game, and dominant in the air... it looks like we’ve got another good’un on our hands with Aji Alese!

Player Analysis: What are new signing Daniel Ballard’s strengths and weaknesses?

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young takes a detailed look at what Sunderland can expect from new signing Daniel Ballard - what are his main strengths and weaknesses?

Talking Tactics: High press and low risk in possession - how Alex Neil guided us to the final

RR’s resident analyst Coel Young breaks down how Alex Neil navigated Sunderland to the playoff final with a fine away performance at Hillsborough on Monday...

Talking Tactics: Change of system pays off for Sunderland and Alex Neil

How did Alex Neil mastermind Sunderland’s first leg win on Friday? RR’s resident analyst Coel Young dives deep to find out…

Lasses Analysis: Sunderland’s Emma Kelly versus Bristol City Women

Midfielder Emma Kelly won plaudits after our 2-2 draw against Bristol City with an impressive display. Here’s the lowdown & analysis on just how well she played!

Talking Tactics: Sunderland secure League One Playoffs after victory over Morecambe

The Lads secured 5th in the league & a place in the playoffs after a 1-0 win over Morecambe. Much of the match was a dead rubber, but we did return to a high-pressing, short-passing style.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland v Rotherham - Was Alex Neil’s conservative approach right?

"The Lads scored another late equaliser as they battled back to a 1-1 draw at the SoL on Tuesday, but had Alex Neil changed tact earlier, we could've come away with all three," says James Nickels.

Talking Tactics: Breaking down our controlled performance against Plymouth

Sunderland came away from Home Park with a clean sheet and a point, which is more than most have taken recently - and here to break down our controlled performance is RR’s resident analyst Coel Young...

Talking Tactics: What went wrong in the first half against Oxford, and how did Alex Neil fix it?

Alex Neil held up his hands and said he got it wrong in the first half on Saturday - so what exactly did he do, and how did it work? Coel Young delves deep to analyse Sunderland’s performance...

Analysis: How well did Sunderland’s Neve Herron perform in England U19s’ midweek win over Wales?

Neve Herron boasted some fine stats playing the full 90 mins for England U19s in a 3-0 win against Wales last Wednesday. Charlotte Patterson has taken an in-depth look at how she got on!!

Talking Tactics: Attacking setup finally pays off against Gillingham

Roker Report’s resident tactics expert Coel Young puts Saturday’s last-gasp win under the microscope.

Talking Tactics: Attacking centre-backs and incisive possession - our best performance under Alex Neil?

"On the whole, as a complete performance this was probably our best under Neil so far" - Coel Young is very complimentary of how Sunderland played at the weekend, despite the fact we couldn’t find the net!

Talking Tactics: What does the data say about Sunderland’s win against Crewe?

Sunderland’s performance against Crewe was less than convincing, but what does the data tell us about the way we played? RR’s resident number cruncher Brandon explores further...

Talking Tactics: Flexible front three show positive signs in Charlton draw

It may have ultimately been two points dropped, but Saturday’s display showed some signs of progression under Alex Neil.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland’s switch to a 3-5-2 didn’t work against Burton - here’s why

Roker Report’s resident performance analyst Coel Young dissects Sunderland’s play from Tuesday night to work out what the hell went wrong with Alex Neil’s 3-5-2 system...

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s performance against MK Dons?

Sunderland crumbled to another defeat, this time against playoff-hopeful MK Dons - Brandon Feeley explores the data to see if it can provide any insight into what’s going wrong...

Analysis: Just how well did Sunderland’s Neve Herron do for England U19s yesterday?

England Lionesses Development squad won 4-0 against Finland in the Marbella International Tournament yesterday, and Neve Herron got around 35 minutes on the pitch. Here’s how she got on!

Talking Tactics: Alex Neil changed the formation on Saturday at Wimbledon – here’s how it worked

Sunderland’s new head coach only had 40 minutes to work with the team before Saturday’s game, but made some noticeable tactical changes.

Talking Tactics: Bolton humiliation highlights the issues to solve for Lee Johnson’s successor

Whoever the next Sunderland manager is, they need to fix our leaky defence. What can they learn about our players from what happened at Bolton? We look at the data...

Talking Tactics: How did Sunderland edge a tactical stalemate against Pompey?

How did Lee Johnson manage to get the better of Danny Cowley’s Portsmouth? Our resident analyst Coel Young dissects the data to find out.

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland broke down Wycombe’s man-marking system

Coel Young analyses Sunderland’s performance against Wycombe, and explains how Lee Johnson’s side managed to break down Gareth Ainsworth’s man marking system.

Talking Tactics: The data behind Sunderland’s demolition of Sheff Wed - what does it tell us?

Ross Stewart bagged a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Sheff Wed, the biggest defeat the Owls have suffered since March 2020 in a loss to Brentford of the same scoreline.

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