Sunderland's Adam Johnson was bitterly disappointing against Southampton

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Sunderland lost at home 1-0 to Southampton on Saturday.

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson was disappointing throughout as he contributed very little during his side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

Newly-appointed boss Sam Allardyce would have made it abundantly clear that the club’s home form will be imperative to their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League this season.

Coming into the game off the back of a 6-2 defeat at Everton, the Black Cats were set up to be solid and rely on dangerous dead-ball situations and quality play from wide areas.

However, with Johnson given the added responsibility of creating chances for his teammates, his final ball and decision-making was desperately poor, and equally frustrating for Allardyce.

  Shots on TargetKey PassesTake-onsAccurate CrossesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Adam Johnson 0 1 1 1 50 29 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Middlesbrough man struggled to link-up with his teammates and contributed very little from an attacking sense.

Johnson was given ample opportunities to make things happen, illustrated by his 50 touches of the ball over the course of the 90 minutes, plus his set-piece situations.

However, with just one key pass recorded, one accurate cross and a failure to test the Southampton goalkeeper in terms of shots, it was an extremely wasteful afternoon from the winger.

The Saints grabbed the only goal of the game via a second-half penalty, as Sunderland defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila inexplicably cost his side with a rash, unnecessary lunge in the area.

Sam Allardyce has a huge job on his hands, and the 60-year-old will be well aware that his team can’t afford to make a succession of poor decisions, especially at the Stadium of Light.

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