Sunderland players at Blackpool.

'Simply superb': Phil Smith's player ratings after Aiden O'Brien hat-trick in thrilling win over Blackpool

Sunderland progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road – and there were some impressive performances for Lee Johnson’s side.

Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 10:15 pm

Aiden O’Brien netted a hat-trick and a stoppage-time winner which sent the away fans into raptures behind the goal.

The Black Cats fell behind early in the game but drew level minutes later when O’Brien slotted home Dan Neil’s defence-splitting pass.

O’Brien added his second goal shortly after half-time when his deflected effort from a corner made it 2-1, yet Blackpool mounted some late pressure and drew level through Josh Bowler two minutes from the end.

There was still time for a late twist, though, as Brien netted his third in stoppage-time in dramatic fashion.

Amid the entertainment, Sunderland also handed starts to new signings Frederik Alves and Niall Huggins.

Our chief Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered hos verdict on how each player fared at Bloomfield Road.

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