Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town

Match Report
Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable evening as they saw off Grimsby Town 7-1 in their Carabao Cup third-round clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable evening as they saw off Grimsby Town 7-1 in their Carabao Cup third-round clash at Stamford Bridge.

Blues head coach Frank Lampard gave debuts to defensive duo Reece James and Marc Guehi, as well as a first start to midfielder Billy Gilmour.

Callum Hudson-Odoi also returned after injury to make his first appearance of the new season, while the Mariners made four changes to the side who beat Macclesfield Town 1-0 last time out.

It took just four minutes for the hosts to take the lead, as Ross Barkley powered his way into the Mariners area, before planting a shot past keeper James McKeown.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 to the Blues as Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi took the ball down inside the Mariners box and his left-foot shot left McKeown well beaten.

However, Town responded quickly by pulling a goal back just before the 20-minute mark, with a long ball forward causing problems, allowing Matt Green to net with an superb finish from just outside the area.

The hosts restored their two-goal advantage shortly before the interval as Green was penalised for a foul on Kurt Zouma and captain for the night Pedro slotted home the resulting spot-kick.

Centre-back Zouma got his name on the scoresheet with just over ten minutes of the second half played, as he turned the ball home at close range from a James delivery from a free-kick.

Christian Pulisic saw two shots fly wide as the Mariners were put under further heavy pressure and they conceded a fifth goal eight minutes from time as James fired home a fine effort from just over 20 yards out.

Batshuayi made the score 6-1 four minutes from time with his second of the evening, before England forward Hudson-Odoi marked his return to action with a goal of his own to complete the scoring.

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