Sunderland goal threat a boost for Dick Advocaat

Jack Rodwell celebrates his opening goal
Jack Rodwell celebrates his opening goal
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Dick Advocaat was pleased with Sunderland’s attacking potency against Exeter City, despite their defensive vulnerability.

Sunderland were their own worst enemies against League Two Exeter after allowing the Grecians to come back from 2-0 and then 3-2 down, to draw level.

We scored some beautiful goals; Jack two goals.

But Sunderland scored six goals for the first time since the Peter Reid era, with Jermain Defoe netting a hat-trick, Jack Rodwell grabbing a brace and prospect Duncan Watmore scoring for the second time in three substitute outings.

Advocaat said: “Both teams like to play and gave each other the space to play.

“We scored some beautiful goals; Jack two goals. I never had the feeling they would beat us, with all respect, but I am still concerned defensively at the way we gave the chances away.

“But you can see with Stoke City and West Brom (who both went through on penalties) – these games look easy, but they are not.”

Watmore and fellow Under-21 forward Lynden Gooch - who made his first-team debut - both stood out during the second half, with Exeter unable to cope with the energy of the pair.

“We did well, despite giving three goals away we could easily have scored more,” added Advocaat. “The two young guys came on and did well.”