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.
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.