Sunderland equal Premier League record for most draws in a 38-game season

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Dick Advocaat’s Black Cats played out the joint most draws in Premier League history this season, a record which kept them in the top flight.

Sunderland were not the most entertaining team to watch this season and for the majority of the campaign looked like they would struggle to stay in the top flight.

Their drop into the bottom three earlier in the year saw former boss Gus Poyet sacked as boss with 67-year-old veteran Dick Advocaat handed the task of keeping them in the Premier League.

He succeeded with one game to spare as Sunderland nicked a stalemate at Arsenal last week to remain in the division. It was a result that their fans have become accustomed to over the course of the campaign.

Sunderland played out more draws in 2014-15 than they did wins or losses - a record which included nine goalless draws. Although they have hardly thrilled neutrals, the only thing that mattered in the end was reaching their target of safety.

Their total of 17 draws is in fact a joint Premier League record over a 38-game season. It is a tally which matches their rivals Newcastle in 2003-04 and Aston Villa in 2006-07 and 2011-12.

Although it all made for quite tedious viewing at times, Sunderland’s sheer volume of draws actually kept them in the Premier League despite the fact embarrassing losses away at Southampton and at home to Crystal Palace are bound to stand out in people’s minds.

Where others were struggling to hold onto a point or conceded a heap of goals early on in matches, Sunderland were able to nick single points against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

The Black Cats' successful survival bid means they will now play their ninth consecutive season in the top flight of English football, which is a fantastic achievement whichever way you look at it.

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