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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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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?
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...
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...
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?
We’ve analysed the data, and this is what it’s showing...
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.
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!
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.
Sunderland managed to surrender a lead twice against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. How did this happen and were The Lads unlucky?
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...
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?