Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick spared Sunderland’s blushes as they defeated League Two side Exeter 6-3 last night, in an electrifying Capital One Cup clash at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats fielded a strong line-up but conceded three times in a crazy first half as their defence was once again left exposed, before rallying to break the visitors’ spirit in the second half.
The hosts quickly went 2-0 up through Jack Rodwell and Defoe before Emmanuel Oyeleke and David Wheeler gallantly brought the scores level just before the break.
Tom McCready halved the deficit close to half-time, but Rodwell headed in another, youngster Duncan Watmore tapped in before Defoe swept home a third late on.
Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick ensured Aston Villa scraped into the next round, needing extra-time to beat League One outfit Notts County 5-3 at Villa Park.
Also needing extra time were West Brom – the Baggies eventually squeezing through 5-3 on penalties after a dire 0-0 draw after 120 minutes, while Stoke City prevailed 8-7 on spot kicks after a lively 1-1 draw with Luton Town.
Watfordwere the only Premier League team to exit the second round, as a strong Hornets side fell to a 1-0 loss at Preston North Endthanks to Marnick Vermijl’s early goal.
Teenage striker Joe Dodoo netted a treble as Claudio Ranieri’s Leicesteradvanced courtesy of a 4-1 win at Bury.
Bournemouthand Newcastlealso struck four in resounding victories over Hartlepooland Northamptonrespectively.
Junior Stanislas scored two while Yann Kermorgant and Dan Gosling each found the net in the first half of the Cherries’ 4-0 triumph.
Florian Thauvin scored on his Newcastle debut, with Siem De Jong, Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson also scoring.
2013 winners Swansea had a safe passage through to the third round as goals from Nathan Dyer, Matt Grimes and Marvin Emnes saw then triumph 3-0 over York.
The results in full:
Aston Villa 5 Notts County 3
Burton 1 Middlesbrough 2
Bury 1 Leicester 4
Crystal Palace 4 Shrewsbury 1
Doncaster 1 Ipswich 4
Fulham 3 Sheffield United 0
Hartlepool 0 Bournemouth 4
Hull 1 Rochdale 0
Luton 1 Stoke 1 (STOKE WIN 8-7 ON PENALTIES)
MK Dons 2 Cardiff 1
Newcastle 4 Northampton 1
Peterborough 1 Charlton 4
Portsmouth 1 Reading 2
Preston 1 Watford 0
QPR 1 Carlisle 2
Rotherham 1 Norwich 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Oxford United 0
Sunderland 6 Exeter 3
Swansea 3 York 0
Walsall 2 Brighton 1
Wolves 2 Barnet 1
West Brom 0 Port Vale 0 (WBA WIN 5-3 ON PENALTIES)
One last game remaining of the Second Round ties – Barnsley v Everton – tonight at 19:45 GMT – You can follow the action with us here: – http://bit.ly/BritwatchFootballLS
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