Comebacks against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland were the underdogs in the Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday, August 24, but they still managed to pick up a point.
Juan Mata put the Red Devils ahead at the Stadium of Light early in the first half, but Jack Rodwell scored on his home debut on the half-hour mark.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, and the two teams were statistically even - more or less.
Sunderland had 45% of the possession, 11 shots of which three were on target, and four corners.
Louis van Gaal’s United side had 55% of the possession, 10 shots of which three were on target, and four corners.
The Black Cats made a similar comeback against North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, September 13.
Sunderland fell behind after just two minutes, but made it 1-1 soon after. Although they went 2-1 down in the opening minutes of the second half, an own goal from Harry Kane in the 82nd minute made sure that the points were shared.
Tottenham were the better day on the day and dominated possession, but Sunderland showed some good fighting spirit and held on in the final minutes.
Draw with Chelsea
On Saturday, November 29, Sunderland held Chelsea to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.
That may not appear as a huge achievement, until one considers the fact that it was the first time in the league that Jose Mourinho’s side had failed to score.
As expected, Chelsea dominated possession and territory, but Sunderland - then managed by Gus Poyet - held their own and showed a remarkable team spirit.
Tyne-Wear derby triumph
Sunderland maintained their recent run of positive results against Newcastle United, as they won the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season.
Adam Johnson’s goal in the 90th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides in the Premier League encounter at St. James’ Park on Sunday, December 21.
The Black Cats had 48% of the possession, 16 shots of which three were on target, and one corner.