Sunderland scored three second-half goals to defeat Championship side Birmingham City and move into the third round of the Capital One Cup.

David Cotterill hit the post and Wes Thomas fired an effort wide as Blues came close to taking a first-half lead.

But their opponents took control late on as Jordi Gomez scored from 25 yards following Adam Johnson's square pass.

Johnson doubled the lead after good work from Jozy Altidore, before Connor Wickham's angled effort sealed the win.

Gus Poyet's team will now play fellow Premier League side Stoke City at home in the third round of the League Cup.

Sunderland have never won the competition, but lost in the 2013-14 final, when they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at Wembley.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"I'm not speaking about the officials, I'd rather spend my hard-earned money on something else rather than a fine. I am going to go through the right channels, I will have some footage for them.

"It's not a true reflection of the game. We played well, the scoreline does not do my players justice. After the first goal the players started chasing the equaliser and Premier League players will pick you off.

"We were more than a match for a very good team."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"It was a strange game, it was a poor first half but somehow we got to half-time 0-0 but the second half was different.

"The same group of players got something at half-time and the first goal was key.

"It's not going to be perfect all the time, after we scored it was the best we have played this season. We played rubbish for 45 minutes but we finished the game on a high. It's the way the Cup goes."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Birmingham City

  • 21 Doyle
  • 02 Eardley (Spector - 33' )
  • 04 Robinson
  • 08 Gleeson
  • 06 Edgar
  • 15 Hall
  • 07 Duffy (Novak - 61' )
  • 31 Caddis
  • 10 Thomas Booked
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 11 Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Grounds
  • 12 Novak
  • 16 Johnstone
  • 23 Spector
  • 26 Davis
  • 33 Gray

Sunderland

  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 27 Vergini
  • 02 Jones
  • 04 Bridcutt
  • 05 Brown
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 11 Johnson
  • 07 Larsson (Giaccherini - 81' )
  • 17 Altidore
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 10 Wickham

Substitutes

  • 03 van Aanholt
  • 06 Cattermole
  • 08 Rodwell
  • 09 Fletcher
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 25 Mannone
  • 30 Buckley
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 11,245

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

3 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3.

90:00 +2:54

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

89:45

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:45

Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

87:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 3. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

86:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 2. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

85:27

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:52

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

80:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

80:28

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:28

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

79:01

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

76:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 1. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

74:42

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

73:38

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

70:33

Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

70:33

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:14

Attempt saved. David Edgar (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

69:33

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

68:49

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

66:59

Attempt saved. Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:48

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

65:44

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

65:44

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:29

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

63:24

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:26

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

62:26

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:34

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Mark Duffy.

60:32

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

54:51

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

54:51

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:31 Booking

Booking Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

52:27

Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

52:27

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:19

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

51:19

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:15

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

48:15

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +3:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +0:45

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

44:08

Foul by Mark Duffy (Birmingham City).

44:08

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:14

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

40:53

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:06

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

33:24

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:24

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

32:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector replaces Neal Eardley.

29:01

Attempt missed. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

25:32

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

25:32

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:33

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

22:21

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

21:15

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:15

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

17:08

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:08

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

15:35

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

11:08

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David Edgar.

10:17

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

10:17

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:11

Hand ball by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

4:46

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

4:37

Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:25

Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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