THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V SUNDERLAND

Posted on: Mon 08 Apr 2013

As expected, Chelsea had the upper hand against our visitors, who had picked up just three points in eight games prior to Paolo Di Canio's appointment.

Although John O' Shea's header was on target before Cesar Azpilicueta turned it into his own net, the Black Cats did not force another save from Petr Cech. Nobody created more chances than Adam Johnson though, who made three goalscoring opportunities for team-mates.

Their longer passing game was ineffective, with just 12 of 41 lengthier balls finding a striped shirt, and striker Connor Wickham winning just a third of his six aerial duels.

It was not a classic day for our attackers either, with just four shots, including Branislav Ivanovic's unwitting winner, on target. The others were Oscar's in the build-up to our equaliser, and first-half headers from Ramires and Eden Hazard.

Demba Ba (four) and Fernando Torres (three) had seven shots between them without forcing a save from Simon Mignolet.

Sunderland defended in an organised fashion, reacting first to each of our six corners that came into the box, but Di Canio mentioned 'little mistakes' responsible for each of our goals, including the winner which came after David Luiz sent the ball back into the box. Twenty of their 26 attempted clearances were deemed successful by Opta.

There was no standout performer, instead possession was shared around evenly. Ramires completed 50 passes, Oscar 49 and David Luiz 48, John Mikel Obi 47, Juan Mata 46 and Azpilicueta and Ivanovic 45 each. Sunderland's top passer was right-back Phil Bardsley, with 31, followed by Stephane Sessegnon with one less.

Most of Eden Hazard's play came in the final third, where he completed 21 of his 22 attempted balls. Oscar (27) and Mata (22) both completed more.

Sunderland made 24 interceptions (Craig Gardner seven) and won 21 of 23 attempted tackles. Our figures were 13 and 17 from 20.

Although less incisive than usual, our passing had a healthy 83 per cent success rate, with 424 of 512 attempts completed.

Our 62 per cent possession was reflected by Sunderland's propensity to sit deep and try to counter.