Sunderland vs Fleetwood Town
Despite the international break being underway, Sunderland still took on Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
Joey Barton’s Fleetwood came into the game in some solid form having only lost one of their previous six league games this season.
Fleetwood’s good form continued into Saturday’s game as well as Paddy Madden gave them the lead inside nine minutes.
However, Sunderland would press on for an equaliser that would come in the 38th minute from Josh Maja.
The game would remain 1-1 but Fleetwood did have a penalty which could have given them all three points.
Luckily for Sunderland though, Jon McLaughlin, Sunderland’s number one would step up and save the penalty.
After that penalty save though an incredible stat has emerged.
It turns out that the penalty save on Saturday was the first ever penalty saved by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
First penalty saved by an #safc keeper at the SoL (excluding shootouts)
— James Hunter (@JHunterChron) September 8, 2018
The Stadium of Light opened in 1997 meaning Sunderland have never had a penalty saved there in a staggering 21 years, until Saturday.
That’s now three penalty saves from our ‘keepers since Tuesday
Review the action from the @StadiumOfLight yesterday by heading to the links below…
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 9, 2018
Sunderland’s unbeaten start
Since being relegated from the Championship last season, Sunderland have enjoyed a decent start to life in League One.
Sunderland would begin their season with a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic.
They would then be held to a 1-1 draw by Luton Town.
However, Sunderland would be knocked out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday losing 2-0.
Sunderland would continue their unbeaten start as they smashed Scunthorpe 3-0.
Their good form would continue into their next game as they beat Gillingham 4-1.
Sunderland then beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1.
However, their win streak would come to an end as they drew 1-1 with Oxford and now 1-1 with Fleetwood Town.