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Fine tactical analysis from the team here at Roker Report.

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.

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland eased past a lacklustre Doncaster

Sunderland gave the 4,072 travelling Sunderland fans a professional display, brushing aside a relegation-threatened Doncaster Rovers. What does the data say about the performance?

Talking Tactics: Did Sunderland deserve a point at Ipswich? The data says...

Sunderland extended their unbeaten run to seven league matches with a draw at Portman Road. What does the data tell us about the performance?

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about Sunderland’s dynamic performance v Plymouth?

Coel Young breaks down Sunderland’s performance against Plymouth to figure out what went right and what went wrong for Lee Johnson’s team as they nabbed all three points against a tough side.

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland’s 5-0 win over Morecambe marks a changing approach

The Lads mauled Morecambe 5-0 thanks to some very incisive, fast football in arguably our most potent win of the season - yet, this game is a microcosm of an emerging shift in style.

Talking Tactics: Digging deep into the data from Sunderland v Oxford - what does it tell us?

Sunderland failed to take advantage in one of their games in hand on the leaders of the pack, but how?

Talking Tactics: What’s going wrong defensively for Lee Johnson and Sunderland?

In his debut piece for RR, Coel Young goes in-depth to analyse why Sunderland’s defence has been so leaky this season. What’s going wrong, and can it be fixed?

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us about where Sunderland went wrong on Tuesday?

In a disappointing result & performance, Sunderland failed to defeat relegation-threatened Shrewsbury - here’s what the data tells us.

Talking Tactics: Did Sunderland deserve to win against Ipswich? Here’s what the data says...

After enduring a difficult run of form, Sunderland returned to winning ways at home against a resilient Ipswich Town. What does the data say about the performance?

Talking Tactics: What does the data tell us, and how can Lee Johnson fix Sunderland’s form?

For Sunderland’s form to drop off as badly as it has, something has changed - so what does the data tell us about what Lee Johnson needs to alter if he’s going to get us back on track?

Talking Tactics: What worrying trends show up in Sunderland’s data after Rotherham defeat?

Sunderland suffered defeat for the second time in as many league games when travelling to Rotherham on Saturday. Is our third defeat against a side using 3-5-2 a sign that Lee Johnson needs to go back to the drawing board with our current formation?

Talking Tactics: What the data tells us about Sunderland’s home defeat to Charlton

Our 100% home record this season fell by the wayside thanks to a controversial Jayden Stockley goal. Here’s how it happened.

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

Sunderland put in a complete performance in the North West to get the better of Crewe Alexandra. Here’s what the data says about our most recent victory.