EFL Cup - Second Round
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Adam Johnson
Sunderland were runners-up in the 2013-14 League Cup, losing 3-1 to Manchester City in the final at Wembley

Sunderland scored three second-half goals to defeat Championship side Birmingham City and move into the third round of the Capital One Cup.

David Cotterill hit the post and Wes Thomas fired an effort wide as Blues came close to taking a first-half lead.

But their opponents took control late on as Jordi Gomez scored from 25 yards following Adam Johnson's square pass.

Johnson doubled the lead after good work from Jozy Altidore, before Connor Wickham's angled effort sealed the win.

Gus Poyet's team will now play fellow Premier League side Stoke City at home in the third round of the League Cup.

Sunderland have never won the competition, but lost in the 2013-14 final, when they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at Wembley.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"I'm not speaking about the officials, I'd rather spend my hard-earned money on something else rather than a fine. I am going to go through the right channels, I will have some footage for them.

"It's not a true reflection of the game. We played well, the scoreline does not do my players justice. After the first goal the players started chasing the equaliser and Premier League players will pick you off.

"We were more than a match for a very good team."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"It was a strange game, it was a poor first half but somehow we got to half-time 0-0 but the second half was different.

"The same group of players got something at half-time and the first goal was key.

"It's not going to be perfect all the time, after we scored it was the best we have played this season. We played rubbish for 45 minutes but we finished the game on a high. It's the way the Cup goes."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 21Doyle
  • 2EardleySubstituted forSpectorat 33'minutes
  • 4Robinson
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6Edgar
  • 15Hall
  • 7DuffySubstituted forNovakat 61'minutes
  • 31Caddis
  • 10ThomasBooked at 53mins
  • 9Donaldson
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 3Grounds
  • 12Novak
  • 16Johnstone
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 33Gray

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Vergini
  • 2Jones
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 5Brown
  • 16O'Shea
  • 11Johnson
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forGiaccheriniat 81'minutes
  • 17Altidore
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 10Wickham

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Cattermole
  • 8Rodwell
  • 9Fletcher
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
11,245

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

  4. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 2. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

  11. Post update

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 1. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Edgar (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

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