Sunderland Fan Blog: The Black Cats have drawn 1-1 on 39 occasions in the past four seasons in League One

Sunderland drew 1-1 with Oxford United. Martin Swinney.

A 1-1 draw has been seen 39 times over the past four seasons, the most recent at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, and which followed an all too familiar storyline but has contrasting subplots.

There is no doubt that Sunderland was significantly better and dominated much of the second half.

But Lee Johnson’s side were ultimately penalized for a 20-minute period in the first half where Oxford took control, and a mistake by Lynden Gooch proved too costly for Sunderland as they did not could not find a breakthrough.

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However, this led to a feeling of mixed emotions among the fans, as Sunderland produced one of their best home performances since the start of the season, yet he remained frustrated that three points did not. been claimed.

It was a day where three points should have been achieved, thanks to the dominance and pressure from Sunderland in the second half, but the lack of advantage in the final third proved to be decisive with another draw 1 -1.

Still, it was arguably the most positive draw, of that score, that Sunderland has had in the past four seasons.

They showed their ability, their danger, despite the plethora of injuries Lee Johnson faces, and portrayed the optimism Sunderland fans should have for the holiday season ahead.

And yet, among optimism, there is pessimism.

The full-time whistle boos showed fans’ frustration with the lack of a winning goal and the performance created a division among the fans.

Some see the eight points out of 12 possible, while others see the eight points out of the possible 21, and how the club were eliminated from both the FA Cup and the EFL Trophy in that race.

There will always be a difference.

When a team that aspires to automatic promotion is unable to capitalize on clear opportunities, like that of Saturday afternoon.

This weekend it seemed like one more step towards the end goal of automatic promotion, but yet it showed that the club still had a long way to go before reaching that goal.

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