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In Sunderland's 1-1 draw against Blackpool, both teams had large spells of the match when they kept hold of the ball.

By Finlay Anderson
Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Charlie Wyke in action for Sunderland against Blackpool.
Charlie Wyke in action for Sunderland against Blackpool.

Also, in Sunderland's last five matches, they have had a majority of the possession in the game.

So, this pondered the question: is there a link between having more possession and winning matches?

On Saturday, in this round of League One matches, in four of the 11 games, the teams that claimed the three points didn't have the majority of the possession.

In Wimbledon's 2-1 win over Doncaster, Doncaster had 66% of the possession, and were unable to claim the three points.

Also, in Bristol Rovers shock 2-1 win over Ipswich, Rovers only had 34% possession in the match.

High-flying Wycombe Wanderers beat Burton 2-0, and had 30% less possession than their opposition. Furthermore, Shrewsbury beat Coventry 2-1 on Saturday and the Sky Blues had more possession.

Also, some of the league's in-form teams show that you don't need to have a majority of the game's possession to claim all three points.

In Wycombe's four of their last five games, their opponents have had the most possession, but they have still managed to claim three points on all four of those occasions.

Fourth-placed Bristol Rovers have also shown that clubs can still do well and win matches even though they may not have had the majority of the possession.

In their 4-3 win over Shrewsbury and 2-1 win over Rochdale, their opposition have had lots more of the ball than them.

Overall, this shows that the high-flying teams in League One don't necessarily have more possession every game they play, and they are still able to take three points.

It implies that the Black Cats need to be more clinical in matches rather than having more of the ball.

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