How Sunderland's points tally compares to the last 20 automatic promotion winners - and how many more they need

A timely win over Walsall put automatic promotion back in Sunderland's hands.

By Phil Smith
Monday, 18 March, 2019, 14:15
Jack Ross will feel his side are in a good position to achieve promotion

They look finely poised for the run-in and are just shy of their manager's two points-per-game target. So how does their 37-game tally compare with the last 20 automatic promotion winners from League One, and how many points does history suggest they'll need from the run-in?

Paul Cook's side were on 80 points with nine games to go. Their impressive form slowed up slightly but they edged out Blackburn Rovers and won the title with 96 points.
A summer of significant transition saw Tony Mowbray's side make a relatively slow start but by now they were beginning to motor, with 76 points on the board. They finished second with 96.
Chris Wilder's side made light work of League One in his campaign, winning the league 14 points with a total of 100. At this point, though, they were just ahead of Sunderland on 75.
Never coming close to toppling the Blades, Bolton finished second with 86 points. After 37 games they had 69 on the board.
Will Grigg was top scorer under Gary Caldwell but Wigan had to finish strongly to finish top wth 87 points, with 68 on the board at this stage of the campaign.
Burton fell away considerably with just 11 points from their last nine. But it will still enough to go up, Nigel Clough's team finishing second with 85.
Steve Cotterill's side already had a 14 point advantage at this stage of the campaign. They went on to fall just a point short of a century, winning the league by eight points.
Current Oxford boss Karl Robinson oversaw an excellent end to the season, MK Dons finishing on 91 despite having just 66 with nine games to go, Will Grigg's 21 goals vital.
Current Pompey boss Kenny Jackett oversaw the start of Wolves' revival and they dominated this campaign. They had 80 points with nine to go and finished on 103.
Having finished third the season before, Brentford got over the line with 94 points. They had 79 at this stage, finishing slowly.

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Chris Brown scored eight times in statistically the worst team to win the league in the last decade. They had 68 points at this stage, finishing up with 84.
Lewis Grabban scored 14 goals overall as Eddie Howe's side won eight of their last nine, jumping to second, from 58 points to 83.
Club legend Chris Powell oversaw a stellar campaign, finishing on 101 points having taken 79 from their first 37 league games.
The Owls finished superbly to pip their city rivals to second. They took 23 points from their last nine, jumping from 70 points to 93.
Gus Poyet's side won plaudits for their style of play and had 80 points with nine to go. They had to see off a late surge from Southampton to finish 1st with 95.
Saints lifted the Checkatrade Trophy and took that momentum into the rest of the campaign, winning nine of the last ten to jump from 68 points after 37 games to 92.
Paul Lambert's Norwich only look 16 points from their last 9 games but won the league comfortably, finishing with 95 points. They were promoted again the following campaign.
Former Black Cats boss Simon Grayson oversaw his boyhood club's return to the second tier. They finished second with 86 points, having taken 71 at this stage.
Leicester started their remarkable rise to the top under Nigel Pearson by winning League One, taking 18 points from their last nine to finish on 96 points.
Current boss Darren Ferguson sealed promotion by finishing second in his first of three stints in charge. They look 20 points from their last nine to jump from 69 to 89.
Sunderland will feel as if they are right in the mix. They are on course to land 91, enough to finish second in six of the last ten seasons. If they can land seven wins, then history suggests they can pip anyone to the post.