It’s been a mixed start to the season for Sunderland upon their return to the Championship.
In and around the top six early on, despite losing their manager to Stoke City, in recent weeks, injuries have caught up with the Black Cats, leaving the club 15th in the league heading into the World Cup break.
With that break now on us, it seems a good time to reflect on several aspects of the club’s performance, one of which is their discipline.
With that said, below, we’ve looked at how Sunderland’s discipline record stacks up compared to their fellow Championship clubs.
All statistics are courtesy of Whoscored’s Championship team statistics.
A quick glance at the discipline charts does not exactly look good for Sunderland.
In WhoScored’s rankings, the club sit bottom out of all 24 clubs in the division.
This is due to the sheer amount of yellow cards the players have picked up this season, with the club picking up 54 yellows in just 20 matches.
For context, the next closest side, Middlesbrough, have collected four fewer with 50 yellows, and the best disciplined side in the division, West Brom, have picked up just 31 – 23 less than the Black Cats.
In terms of red cards, at least, Sunderland are fairly average, with just the one sending off so far this season.
Most clubs in the division either have none, one, or two sendings off, but, Cardiff City have three to their name, and Blackpool have a whopping five.
All in all, then, Sunderland’s discipline record does not make for great reading, albeit, the sheer amount of yellow’s received rarely convert into red cards.
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