Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe posted a job advert for an off-the-field assistant this week – but perhaps he should ask the lucky candidate if they’re any good at defending.

For while Sunderland are through to the next round thanks to Defoe’s treble, a Jack Rodwell double and Duncan Watmore’s first for the club, boss Dick Advocaat could well be minded to ask owner Ellis Short for a new back four before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

The Black Cats have now conceded 11 goals in four games and League Two Exeter will face more resistance when they come up against AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

Jermain Defoe completes his hat-trick to seal a 6-3 win for Sunderland against Exeter in the second round of the Capital One Cup

Jermain Defoe completes his hat-trick to seal a 6-3 win for Sunderland against Exeter in the second round of the Capital One Cup

Defoe leaves the Stadium of Light pitch with the match ball after beating Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik on three occasions

Defoe leaves the Stadium of Light pitch with the match ball after beating Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik on three occasions

Former Tottenham striker Defoe celebrates with summer signing Yann M'Vila after netting his second goal of the night

Former Tottenham striker Defoe celebrates with summer signing Yann M’Vila after netting his second goal of the night

Defoe celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the night against League Two side Exeter at the Stadium of Light

Defoe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal of the night against League Two side Exeter at the Stadium of Light

Defoe hammers in his first goal of the evening after catching out Exeter goalkeeper Olejnik early on in the first half

Defoe hammers in his first goal of the evening after catching out Exeter goalkeeper Olejnik early on in the first half

MATCH FACTS 

Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon 5; Mathews 4 (Gooch 57, 6), O’Shea 5, Coates 3.5, Van Aanholt 4; M’Vila 4.5, Cattermole 6, Rodwell 8; Larsson 7, Graham 5.5 (Fletcher 46 [Watmore 54, 7]), Defoe 8.5

Subs not used: Stryjek, Brown, Giaccherini, J Robson

Goals: Rodwell 12 & 64, Defoe 15, 39 & 87, Watmore 78 

Exeter: Olejnik 5; Davies 6, Brown 6, Tillson 6.5, McAllister 6.5; McCready 7, Butterfield 7, Oyeleke 7.5, Holmes 7 (Grant 74, 6); Wheeler 7 (Hoskins 75, 6), Noble 6.5 (Morrison 67, 6)

Subs not used: Hamon, Woodman, Oakley, Nicholls

Goals: Oyeleke 19, Wheeler 31, McCready 43 

MOTM: Defoe 

Referee: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 14,360 

*Player ratings by Craig Hope at the Stadium of Light 

Advocaat is not happy at Short’s lack of investment this summer and appeared at his pre-match press conference with a piece of paper carrying the words ‘niet lachen’, Dutch for ‘do not laugh’.

And the 67-year-old certainly wasn’t laughing during a comedic first half which saw the teams share six goals.

‘I’m happy with six goals but totally unhappy with giving those goals away,’ said Advocaat, who refused to talk about the possibility of new signings.

‘The defending was unacceptable. That has to improve. They had three crosses and scored three goals – that is a worry.’

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale said: ‘I looked at the team-sheets at 6.30pm and thought it could be pretty one-sided.

‘But I leave here disappointed that we let them off the hook.’

Advocaat named a full-strength side – in the loosest sense of the term given recent form – with the theory being that a victory would create momentum ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

All went according to plan inside an opening quarter of an hour which yielded two home goals.

Rodwell hammered the opener from 12 yards and Defoe doubled the advantage three minutes later, smashing into the roof of the net from six yards having escaped his minder with a cunning first touch.

Exeter pulled one back on 19 minutes. Danny Butterfield dropped a ball in behind Sunderland’s static backline and Emmanuel Oyeleke out-muscled Sebastian Coates before tucking home via the base of the post.

The visitors had a deserved equaliser on 31 minutes. Lee Holmes dug out a cross from the left and David Wheeler towered at the far post to nod in, stunning the home crowd and forcing Advocaat from the comfort of the dugout.

Defoe, though, again showed his class to restore Sunderland’s lead as he collected Lee Cattermole’s pass inside the area before stealing a yard for a shot and locating the bottom corner.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell gave the Black Cats the lead in the 12th minute at the Stadium of Light with a low finish 

Midfielder Jack Rodwell gave the Black Cats the lead in the 12th minute at the Stadium of Light with a low finish 

Former Everton and Manchester City man Rodwell is congratulated by his team-mates after putting his side into an early lead

Former Everton and Manchester City man Rodwell is congratulated by his team-mates after putting his side into an early lead

Rodwell grabs his second goal of the game after finding himself unmarked in Exeter's box and free to head the ball into the back of the net

Rodwell grabs his second goal of the game after finding himself unmarked in Exeter’s box and free to head the ball into the back of the net

Captain John O'Shea celebrates with Rodwell after watching him head Sunderland back into the lead during the second half

Captain John O’Shea celebrates with Rodwell after watching him head Sunderland back into the lead during the second half

Tom McCready scores Exeter's third goal of the night to make it 3-3 and send the teams in level at half-time

Tom McCready scores Exeter’s third goal of the night to make it 3-3 and send the teams in level at half-time

Exeter City midfielder David Wheeler beats John O'Shea to the ball to head his side's second goal of the evening

Exeter City midfielder David Wheeler beats John O’Shea to the ball to head his side’s second goal of the evening

Wheeler celebrates his goal with team-mate Lee Holmes after bringing Exeter level for the first time on the night

Wheeler celebrates his goal with team-mate Lee Holmes after bringing Exeter level for the first time on the night

But Exeter knew that any foray into opposition territory was as good as a goal and so it proved when they scored a third with alarming ease two minutes before the break.

Holmes again crossed from the left, Wheeler cushioned a header to Tom McCready and he drilled through Costel Pantilimon from close range – cue half-time boos.

But Sunderland settled the tie in the second half when Rodwell rose to head in Seb Larsson’s corner and Watmore stole in to poke home late on.

It was left to Defoe to crown the victory with his third, hooking in from Larsson’s low cross with three minutes remaining. But how many times can Defoe bail out his team-mates at the back? He can only hope his new personal assistant doubles as a centre-half.

Exeter City's Emmanuel Oyeleke calmly finishes past Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to give his side hope

Exeter City’s Emmanuel Oyeleke calmly finishes past Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to give his side hope

Former Brentford midfielder Oyeleke gestures towards the travelling supporters at the Stadium of Light after finding the back of the net

Former Brentford midfielder Oyeleke gestures towards the travelling supporters at the Stadium of Light after finding the back of the net

FULL CAPITAL ONE CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW

 

Middlesbrough v Wolves

Norwich City v West Brom

Hull City v Swansea City

Leicester City v West Ham

Aston Villa v Birmingham City

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

Manchester United v Ipswich

Liverpool v Carlisle United

Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic

Fulham v Stoke City

Sunderland v Manchester City

Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday

Reading v Barnsley OR Everton

Preston v Bournemouth

Walsall v Chelsea

MK Dons v Southampton

*Ties will be played week commencing September 21

 

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