Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin currently holds the record for the cleanest games in the top four divisions in England, with no other “goalkeeper having more at the moment in 2020”.
The Black Cats have radically changed their form since Phil Parkinson was first named at the Stadium of Light. The atmosphere around the stadium was toxic as the results have plunged immensely since last season along with the performances.
However, since the beginning of the year, Sunderland has finally seemed to find some consistency as they returned to the playoffs and potentially the image of automatic promotion.
Sunderland fans understood that under Parkinson’s they would sacrifice a more attractive football brand to be more pragmatic and achieve more consistent results, which is finally starting to happen.
This led to a very impressive statistic for first-choice goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, who has been in solid form since the team squeezed the back, seeing him boasting the cleanest sheets in the top four divisions in 2020:
5⃣ clean sheets.
– Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 11, 2020
This tweet aroused much praise from fans and clams for new contracts, but Lee Burge, a colleague of the Black Cats, has had time to respond to this revelation of the club, praising his performances in recent weeks:
– Lee Burge (@ LeeBurge01) February 11, 2020
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While this statistic highlights McLaughlin’s individual performance, it somewhat demonstrates how solid Sunderland has been in the past few weeks.
Five goal-free games in eight games are a huge stopper effort and provide players with a great platform to get results if they don’t suffer many.
The Black Cats currently boast the best defense in League One with only 26 goals conceded so far, even with their poor start to the season.
Parkinson managed to reverse the trend at the Stadium of Light and the signs of positivity finally returned after a turbulent first half of the season.