Sunderland secured a 3-2 victory over Blackpool from the division above in tonight’s Carabao Cup second-round clash.
Shayne Lavery opened the scoring for the Championship clubs after just nine minutes, but Aiden O’Brien netted an equaliser for The Black Cats just three minutes later.
The former Millwall front man added his second of the night with 57 minutes on the clock, to give the visitors the lead, before Josh Bowler’s 87th minute strike levelled the game, and seemingly forced the tie into penalties.
However, O’Brien completed his hat-trick in injury time, progressing The Wearsiders into the third round of the competition.
The Irish international, who is just as competent operating on the wing as he is up top, took his total to four goals this season with last night’s hat-trick.
O’Brien netted during Sunderland’s 2-1 victory over Port Vale in the first round of the Cup, but he is yet to get off the mark in the league.
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The 27-year-old featured 40 times in all competitions last time out, scoring six goals in the process – a total he will be hoping to surpass this season.
O’Brien joined The Black Cats from Millwall in the summer of last year, after making over 200 appearances at The Den.
Here, we take a look at how some Sunderland fans have reacted to O’Brien’s performance during last night’s victory on the north-west coast…
@AidenObrien22 hat-trick, who saw that one? Fair play to him, has his critics but seems he has something to offer. Blackpool gave us a hell of a game, but we march on to the next round. Big result that gives us major confidence going into Wycombe on Saturday. #SAFC #HawayTheLads https://t.co/QJxKfJf1Yk
— Ian Crow (@Ian_Crow3) August 24, 2021
Get in!!! Aiden O’Brien 5 year deal pending 🔴⚪️ https://t.co/EOXHBQD0r2
— Jack Thomas Robinson (@Jack_T_Robinson) August 24, 2021
My idol https://t.co/hnkMzsYNJ3
— Matthew Watson (@matthewatson1) August 24, 2021
Sunderland advance with a good away win. Well done O'Brien hat-trick hero 👏🏼 https://t.co/uSDzmelmzo
— NE Sports (@NESportsDan) August 25, 2021
Well done lad 👏
— James of Durham (@JamesofDurham) August 24, 2021
Give him a lifetime contract right now
— Mary Moo Cow🇵🇸 (@TerryHobkirk) August 24, 2021
Superb lads!! Fantastic result never gave up.. something special building with this squad.. top man Aiden O’brien delighted for you mate.. birthday tomorrow nice early birthday present thank you STID!🔴⚪️🔴👏👏
— Colin Roberts (@mackem49000) August 24, 2021
Just home from a Very entertaining game, lads did us proud, congratulations to O'Brian for his hat trick…. hopefully its the start of things to come, also his hard work is paying off,
— IACFTM (@iacftm) August 24, 2021