Just 31 goals and a fifth of crosses successful yet Sunderland survive - the stats behind the 2014-15 Premier League campaign

Sunderland's Connpr Wickham and Steven Fletcher during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Sunderland's Connpr Wickham and Steven Fletcher during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

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With the 2014-15 now done and dusted we take a look back at how Sunderland (just about) managed to successfully avoid the drop into the Championship.

Statistics, provided by Opta, reveal the true story behind the Black Cats’ 2014-15 campaign in the Premier League.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat (left) and Paul Bracewell (centre) celebrate with player Lee Cattermole (right).

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat (left) and Paul Bracewell (centre) celebrate with player Lee Cattermole (right).

And it makes pretty grim reading for Sunderland supporters, who watched their goal-shy side struggle all season.

But Dick Advocaat managed to steer them towards safety with a game to spare in the end and another season in the top flight awaits.

Here are the stats:

- Out of the 38 Premier League matches Sunderland played, the Black Cats won seven, drew 17 and lost 14 of their matches – enough to finish 16th.

- Sunderland’s defence conceded 53 goals in the 38 Premier League matches, an average of 1.4 goals per game, managing 13 clean sheets.

- Penalties were few and far between for Sunderland this season, winning and scoring all four and conceding just four.

- The Sunderland defenders made 759 tackles, winning 557 of them. In terms of duels, they won 2,103 of the 4,253 they were involved in.

- The Black Cats had a reasonable distribution, with 11,005 accurate passes out of 14,451 attempted passes. That gave them a pass accuracy of 76.2 per cent.

- In terms of passing accuracy by area, 68.4 per cent of passes in the opposition half were successful, with 86.4 per cent accurate in their own half.

- Sunderland played 40.2 per cent of their passes forward, with 22.4 per cent to the right and 21.6 per cent to the left. 15.8 per cent went backwards.

- In terms of crosses, 527 open play crosses were made, of which only 103 were successful.

- Attacking wise, Sunderland had 287 shots, 130 were on target, scoring 31 goals. A conversion rate of just 10.8 per cent, a goal coming every 110.3 minutes.

- When it comes to discipline, Sunderland won 447, conceding 441. SAFC received 94 yellow and 2 red cards.