EFL Cup - Third Round
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Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town: Reece James impresses on debut

By Emma SandersBBC Sport
Reece James
Reece James scored three goals on loan at Wigan last season

Reece James' star showing in Chelsea's Carabao Cup third round thrashing of League Two side Grimsby Town is "just the start" for the teenager, says Blues boss Frank Lampard.

James, 19, set up Michy Batshuayi in the seventh minute before his superb cross was tapped in by Kurt Zouma.

He scored Chelsea's fifth late in the second half before Batshuayi slotted home his second goal.

Chelsea's Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi also scored, while Grimsby's Matt Green netted a volley.

Lampard said: "With his end product, Reece James showed what he can do. Two assists and a goal, but Reece's performances on loan last year at Wigan showed the talent he has got.

"I think he is going to be a big player for this club. It is just the start for Reece."

The Blues take on Premier League rivals Manchester United in the next round after they scraped past League One side Rochdale in a penalty shootout.

It is the fourth successive season in which they face United in a cup competition.

Manager Lampard changed the entire starting XI following Chelsea's defeat by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, but there were several big names included.

Batshuayi has played just 32 minutes in the league this season and was on the scoresheet for the first time since January 2018.

He was joined in the starting line-up by £58m signing Christian Pulisic and 18-year-old England international Hudson-Odoi - the latter returning from an Achilles injury suffered in April.

But it was James who impressed the most - linking up with Batshuayi in the build-up to the second goal and setting up Zouma with a superb cross from the outside of his boot after the break.

Grimsby's 32-year-old striker Green gave more than 5,000 travelling fans a glimpse of hope at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were caught out by a long ball in the 19th minute, but from then on the hosts dominated.

Aside from an early volley from Elliott Whitehouse, Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero was barely troubled and the Blues recorded their 12th successive victory against a team from outside the Premier League in this competition.

Lampard added: "I thought Billy Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Marc Guehi was solid. They've been outstanding this year.

"And the young subs showed how comfortable they are on the ball. Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly."

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Caballero
  • 24James
  • 15Zouma
  • 44Guehi
  • 3AlonsoSubstituted forMaatsenat 66'minutes
  • 8Barkley
  • 47Gilmour
  • 22Pulisic
  • 11PedroSubstituted forAnjorinat 67'minutes
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 23Batshuayi

Substitutes

  • 5Jorginho
  • 9Abraham
  • 19Mount
  • 29Tomori
  • 31Cumming
  • 55Anjorin
  • 63Maatsen

Grimsby

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 22Hewitt
  • 2Hendrie
  • 4Davis
  • 25Pollock
  • 3GibsonSubstituted forCookat 70'minutes
  • 15CliftonSubstituted forWrightat 56'minutes
  • 10Whitehouse
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Hanson
  • 7GreenBooked at 28minsSubstituted forOgbuat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cook
  • 12Robson
  • 14Rose
  • 18Vernam
  • 19Wright
  • 20Ogbu
  • 23Russell
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
39,674

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 7, Grimsby Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 7, Grimsby Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea).

  5. Post update

    Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 7, Grimsby Town 1. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Cook.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Whitehouse.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 6, Grimsby Town 1. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reece James.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ross Barkley (Chelsea).

  13. Post update

    Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 5, Grimsby Town 1. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James McKeown.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Gilmour.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Callum Hudson-Odoi is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Ian Maatsen tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Hanson.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

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