EFL Cup - Second Round
SunderlandSunderland6ExeterExeter City3

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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 6, Exeter City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 6, Exeter City 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joel Grant (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

    Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

  11. Post update

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

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. 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.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Will Hoskins replaces David Wheeler.