Lee Johnson saw his Sunderland side fall to their first League One defeat of the 2021/22 season on Tuesday evening, despite the Black Cats appearing far the better team for long periods of the game.
Indeed, over the course of the 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion, Sunderland enjoyed 61% possession, hit the target with seven of their 20 shots – compared to the host’s 12 shots with only being on target – created two big chances and completed nearly 200 passes more than their opponents.
However, despite this dominance, Jonny Smith’s powerful drive was enough for Albion to seal all three points, as Johnson’s side were ultimately left to rue their chances missed in the fixture.
Perhaps the biggest of these misses came from Aiden McGeady, when, in the 12th minute of the match, the 35-year-old found himself through on goal, only for his chipped attempt to be saved by Brewers goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
And, while it was far from a nightmare performance by the Republic of Ireland international, as he still managed to provide his teammates with a whopping seven key passes, it was also quite evidently not the winger’s best performance in a Sunderland shirt.
Whilst neither his crossing – completing two of his seven attempted – nor his long balls – completing one of three attempted – were overly accurate either.
Furthermore, as mentioned previously, the £653k-rated man also missed one of Sunderland’s two big chances in the fixture, with his 12th-minute sitter perhaps being the most pivotal, as, considering the Black Cats’ domination in the game, should he have put away this chance it could well have been enough for Johnson’s side to secure at least a point, if not all three, at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday evening.
However, despite this below-par performance, McGeady will undeniably come good for Sunderland over the course of their campaign, with the 35-year-old undoubtedly hoping he is given a chance to instantly atone for his mistakes in the club’s clash with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.