Sunderland reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats’ 6-3 Capital One Cup win over Exeter.
Costel Pantilimon: Beaten three times by League Two opposition, but could do little about any of the goals. 6
Adam Matthews: All three Exeter goals came down Sunderland’s right-hand side. Far more comfortable going forwards. 5
Sebastian Coates: Caught napping for Exeter’s first goal, which gave the Grecians a sniff. 4
John O’Shea: Beaten far too easily in the air for Exeter’s second and third goals. 4
Patrick van Aanholt: Had a hand in Sunderland’s opener, but still looks defensively fragile. 5
Lee Cattermole: Assist for Defoe’s second and spread the ball around effectively. 6
Yann M’Vila: Less eye-catching than against Swansea, but a couple of slick passes. 6
Jack Rodwell: Couple of goals, an assist and always looking to impose himself on the League Two side. 8
Seb Larsson: Made a decent fist of it in an unfamiliar right wing role, and looked more defensively solid than Matthews at right-back. 6
JERMAIN DEFOE: First Sunderland hat-trick since Adam Johnson’s treble at Fulham in January 2014. Attitude and performance was spot-on. 9
Danny Graham: Looked a threat and surprisingly substitute at half-time. 6
Fletcher (for Graham 46): Forced off just moments after coming on, looking very groggy after an accidental collision.
Watmore (for Fletcher 54): As against Norwich, got the crowd off their seats and got a goal which said everything about his attitude. 8
Gooch (for Matthews 58): Very bright and full of energy on first-team bow. 7