EFL Cup - Second Round
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Sunderland 6-3 Exeter City

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe
Defoe has scored five goals in four games so far this season

Jermain Defoe's hat-trick helped Premier League Sunderland avoid an upset to League Two Exeter City in the second round of the League Cup.

Jack Rodwell drove in a shot and Defoe chipped in for the Black Cats before Emmanuel Oyeleke and David Wheeler pulled the visitors level.

Defoe restored Sunderland's lead only for Tom McCready to again bring Exeter level by half-time.

Goals from Rodwell, Duncan Watmore and Defoe then secured Sunderland's win.

The top-flight side have now conceded 11 goals in their opening four games of the season.

They again looked defensively vulnerable, despite fielding a strong line-up with only two changes from the first-choice team that drew 1-1 with Swansea on Saturday.

The Black Cats will play Manchester City at home in the next round.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 16O'Shea
  • 22Coates
  • 12MatthewsSubstituted forGoochat 58'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 21M'Vila
  • 6Cattermole
  • 18Defoe
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forFletcherat 45'minutesSubstituted forWatmoreat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Brown
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 26Fletcher
  • 32Stryjek
  • 41Watmore
  • 46Gooch
  • 48Robson

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 2Butterfield
  • 39Brown
  • 26Tillson
  • 5McAllister
  • 11Davies
  • 19Oyeleke
  • 4NobleSubstituted forMorrisonat 67'minutes
  • 23McCready
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forGrantat 74'minutes
  • 22WheelerSubstituted forHoskinsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 8Oakley
  • 13Morrison
  • 14Nicholls
  • 16Hoskins
  • 21Hamon
  • 31Grant
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
14,360

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 6, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 6, Exeter City 3.

Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

Attempt saved. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Grant (Exeter City).

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 6, Exeter City 3. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 5, Exeter City 3. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Will Hoskins replaces David Wheeler.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Grant replaces Lee Holmes.

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Clinton Morrison (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Clinton Morrison replaces David Noble.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Exeter City 3. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Adam Matthews because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sunderland 3, Exeter City 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Danny Graham.

Half Time

First Half ends, Sunderland 3, Exeter City 3.

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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