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Jermain Defoe hat-trick saves Sunderland in Exeter Capital One Cup thriller

By Robert Jones

Jermain Defoe's hat-trick spared Sunderland's blushes as they defeated Exeter 6-3 in a thrilling Capital One Cup clash.

The Black Cats conceded three times in the first half before they ultimately rallied to break the visitors' spirit in the second period.

The hosts were 2-0 up through Jack Rodwell and Defoe before Emmanuel Oyeleke and David Wheeler brought the Grecians back into the match.

Defoe's second was cancelled out by Tom McCready prior to half-time, yet Rodwell headed in another, Duncan Watmore tapped in and Defoe swept home a third.

Watford were a top-flight casualty, though, as they slipped to a 1-0 loss at Preston.

Teenage striker Joe Dodoo also netted a treble as Leicester won 4-1 at Bury.

Bournemouth and Newcastle both struck four in convincing victories over Hartlepool and Northampton respectively.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel's first Norwich goal in two years followed Jonny Howson's first-half effort as the Canaries saw off Rotherham 2-1.

Northern Ireland under-19 international Mikhail Kennedy scored three minutes into his first-team debut as Charlton beat Peterborough 4-1.

Stoke had led at Luton through Jon Walters before Northern Ireland under-21 international Cameron McGeehan's stoppage-time leveller forced extra-time.

The first 14 spot-kicks were all converted in the shoot-out until Scott Griffiths hit the crossbar, allowing Geoff Cameron to send the Potters through 8-7 on penalties.

Tony Pulis' West Brom also advanced in a shoot-out following a goalless draw with Port Vale. The Baggies won 5-3 on penalties.

Scott Sinclair was the third Premier League player to record a hat-trick as Aston Villa defeated Notts County 5-3 despite trailing on three occasions at Villa Park.

Crystal Palace struck three times in extra-time to advance courtesy of respective 4-1 successes over Shrewsbury.

CAPITAL ONE CUP THIRD ROUND: Middlesbrough v Wolves, Norwich v West Brom, Hull v Swansea, Leicester v West Ham, Aston Villa v Birmingham, Tottenham v Arsenal, Manchester United v Ipswich, Liverpool v Carlisle, Crystal Palace v Charlton, Fulham v Stoke, Sunderland v Manchester City, Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday, Reading v Barnsley or Everton, Preston v Bournemouth, Walsall v Chelsea, MK Dons v Southampton. Ties to be played in the week commencing September 21.

Northern Ireland's under-17 girls lost 2-1 to Hungary in their friendly at Ballymena. Katie Martin had opened the scoring.

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