City go to town on sorry Sunderland
Sunderland 1 Man City 4
Manchester City heaped more misery on Sunderland as they eased to a 4-1 Capital One Cup win at the Stadium of Light.
Manuel Pellegrini's men responded superbly to their shock Premier League loss to West Ham at the weekend by scoring four goals in the opening 36 minutes.
Sergio Aguero fired home a ninth-minute penalty to give City the lead and the excellent Kevin De Bruyne made it two on 25 by finishing off a swift counter-attack.
Vito Mannone conceded an unfortunate own goal eight minutes later after Raheem Sterling's effort struck the woodwork and rebounded into the net off the keeper's back.
Sterling got on the scoresheet himself three minutes later and while Dick Advocaat's men grabbed a second-half consolation through Ola Toivonen it did little to ease the mood of gloom on Wearside.
Meanwhilem, Steve Bruce's Hull claimed a Premier League scalp as David Meyler's first-half effort sunk 2013 winners Swansea 1-0 at the KC Stadium.
The visitors had dominated the early exchanges with Eder hitting the woodwork and Gylfi Sigurdsson having a shot cleared off the line before Meyler fired home from close range.
A 33rd minute effort from Peter Crouch proved enough for Stoke to beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage.
But the Premier League side were forced to withstand a serious Fulham assault with Dan Burn hitting the woodwork in the dying seconds.
Middlesbrough cruised to a 3-0 win over Wolves at the Riverside Stadium with two goals from Albert Adomah and one for Diego Fabbrini.