From late heartbreak to shambolic defending: The 11 games that proved costly for Sunderland in the 2020/21 season

From late heartbreak to shambolic defending: The 11 games that proved costly for Sunderland in the 2020/21 season

Sunderland's 2020/21 season was one which delivered plenty of highs - but also several lows.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 3:31 pm

From a win at Wembley to more play-off heartbreak, the Black Cats are now left to reflect on another season in which they failed to escape from League One.

While yesterday's result against Lincoln City guaranteed that the club would be spending a fourth season in the third tier, there were a whole host of games before that proved costly.

From late goals conceded to dropped points at crucial moments, there will be a number of matches which Sunderland will no doubt reflect upon and wonder 'what if...'.

The club’s home record in particular proved a concern, while the side also struggled against teams at the wrong end of the table throughout the campaign.

Here, we pick out 11 of the games which ultimately proved costly for the Black Cats across the course of a long season:

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