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đź“ťMatch Report: Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town

Mariners outclassed despite brave effort against Chelsea

25 September 2019

Grimsby Town's Carabao Cup run came to an end as they were outclassed by Chelsea despite a brave effort at a sold-out Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League side made a fast start to the game and were two goals up within seven minutes as Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi both scored.

But to the delight of their 5,000-strong travelling army of fans, the Mariners got themselves back into the contest when a superb strike by Matt Green made it 2-1.

Chelsea restored their two-goal lead before half-time though, as Pedro scored from the spot after Green had been penalised for a foul.

Defender Kurt Zouma scored a fourth for the hosts after the break and Reece James added a fifth, before Batshuayi's second of the game put extra gloss on the scoreline.

And as the clock ticked down, the hosts were running riot as Callum Hudson-Odoi got in on the act to make it 7-1.

Harry Davis made his return from injury in one of four changes to the Town starting XI from the victory over Macclesfield at the weekend.

Mattie Pollock, Harry Clifton and Elliott Whitehouse were the others to come into the side, with the cup-tied Luke Waterfall, Ethan Robson, Jordan Cook and Ahkeem Rose making way.

James McKeown started in goal, with Elliott Hewitt, Pollock, Davis, Liam Gibson and Luke Hendrie forming the defence.

Clifton and Whitehouse joined Jake Hessenthaler in midfield, with James Hanson and Green forming the strike partnership.

Cook, Robson and Rose were all handed places on the bench, along with Sam Russell, Max Wright, Charles Vernam and Moses Ogbu.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard named a very strong line-up as he aimed to take the first step on the road to another final, with the club beaten by Manchester City in last season's Wembley showpiece.

In a team full of internationals, the returning Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Pedro and Batshuayi were among the names to catch the eye on the teamsheet, with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount among the stars kept in reserve on the substitutes' bench.

And the home side took the lead from their first chance of the game, within four minutes of the kick-off. BARKLEY got the ball 25 yards out and beat Clifton before advancing into the penalty area and rifling a low shot past McKeown at his near post.

Things got worse for the Mariners three minutes later when Chelsea scored a second goal. A low cross from Reece James on the right fell for BATSHUAYI and he turned and found the net from 12 yards.

Barkley forced a save out of McKeown from a low shot as the hosts continued to put pressure on the Town goal, before a foul by Pollock on Batshuayi brought a free kick in a dangerous position on 16 minutes, which Marcos Alonso sent over the bar.

Grimsby's first attack of note came a minute later and led to Hanson heading wide, before a moment of magic came in front of the travelling fans as their side got themselves back into the contest. A ball over the top fell perfectly for GREEN and he volleyed over home keeper Willy Caballero and into the net from 18 yards.

A Chelsea corner from the left was caught by McKeown, then another half-chance for the Mariners saw Hanson shoot wide of the near post.

Green was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Pulisic as the USA international looked to drive into the box from the right but the resulting free-kick led to Batshuayi heading wide.

A Town free kick came at the other end after a foul on Hanson on 34 minutes and it led to another on when Whitehouse was brought down on the right. Hessenthaler's ball into the box was headed clear.

Hudson-Odoi broke into the Grimsby box on 39 minutes but Whitehouse was in the right place to block his shot.

Clifton cleared a low Alonso cross for a corner three minutes later and from it, the hosts have gifted a chance to restore their two-goal advantage when the referee spotted a foul by Green as the ball came across from the flag. He pointed to the penalty spot and PEDRO calmly rolled the ball past McKeown from 12 yards to make it 3-1.

Three additional minutes were played at the end of the first half and with no further chances, the score remained the same at the interval.

After a fast start from Chelsea, Town had grown into the game and to their credit, hauled themselves back into the contest at 2-1, although they faced a huge task once again after Pedro's penalty.

No changes were made before the restart and a shot by Hudson-Odoi was blocked at the edge of the box four minutes in, before Batshuayi sent a low effort wide off the target soon afterwards.

Another Hudson-Odoi shot was blocked on 52 minutes for a corner and it eventually led to Alonso having a shot deflected for another one. This time, the delivery beat everybody and went out for a goal kick.

Chelsea were pushing for a fourth goal and it came on 55 minutes. A free kick was played right to Reece James and ZOUMA was first to his cross, beating Davis to the ball to prod home at the far post.

Wright replaced Clifton after the goal but the hosts kept attacking and Whitehouse managed to get in the way of a drive from Barkley on the edge of the box, before McKeown had to push a cross-shot by Hudson-Odoi clear.

Ogbu was sent on in place of Green on 63 minutes, then a double substitution by the hosts saw youngsters Ian Maatsen and Faustino Anjorin introduced in place of Alonso and Pedro.

Cook came on for Gibson in the final Town change with 20 minutes to go and Chelsea went close to adding a fifth goal soon afterwards when a quick counter-attack led to Pulisic shooting from inside the box, although the ball went wide of the far post.

McKeown made a brilliant block from Batshuayi on 77 minutes, although the offside flag had gone up in any case, before another great block, this time from Pollock, denied Pulisic.

Hudson-Odoi was then denied by McKeown as Town battled valiantly to keep the score at 4-1. But Chelsea were not to be denied a fifth goal and it came on 82 minutes, with JAMES curling a shot beyond the Mariners keeper and inside the far post.

Hudson-Odoi found himself one-on-one with McKeown soon afterwards but could not beat him, with Town's number one diving to make the stop.

It was one-way traffic now though and a sixth home goal was not long in coming, as BATSHUAYI grabbed his second of the game with four minutes to go.

Town kept going and Hanson had a shooting chance from just outside the box but his effort was straight at Caballero.

And there was still time for another goal at the other end, as HUDSON-ODOI twisted and turned inside the box before finding a gap at the near post to fire past McKeown and make it 7-1.

Town were still pressing in a bid to give their fans something else to cheer and a late free-kick gave them an opportunity but when Hanson's header went out for a goal kick, that proved to be the last action of the game.

The Mariners had been well beaten by a quality team but were still able to take the acclaim of their fans, who had stayed until the end to applaud their side's efforts.

Attention now turns back to the league and the long trip to Exeter City on Saturday. 

Chelsea: 13 Willy Caballero, 24 Reece James, 3 Marcos Alonso, 15 Kurt Zouma, 44 Marc Guehi, 8 Ross Barkley, 22 Christian Pulisic, 47 Billy Gilmour, 11 Pedro (C), 20 Callum Hudson-Odoi MF
23 Michy Batshuayi.

Subs: 31 Jamie Cumming, 63 Ian Maatsen, 29 Fikayo Tomori, 55 Faustino Anjorin, 5 Jorginho, 19 Mason Mount, 9 Tammy Abraham

Town: McKeown; Hewitt, Davis, Hendrie, Pollock, Gibson; Hessenthaler, Clifton, Whitehouse; Green, Hanson.

Subs: Russell, Cook, Robson, Wright, Vernam, Ogbu, Rose.

Attendance: 39,674

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🚌Travelling To Chelsea? Here’s Your Essential Guide

Read this before you set off for Stamford Bridge.

25 September 2019

Chelsea FC warmly welcome Grimsby Town FC supporters to Stamford Bridge and hope that the following information will assist and guide the arrival process ahead of our Carabao Cup fixture on Wednesday night.

The recommended entrances to the site is via Stamford Gate and Bovril Gate (please see map below) (click to expand) which are nearest to the away supporters’ turnstiles. Please check your match ticket for the most convenient entrance to enter.



Supporters are reminded that this game has now completely SOLD OUT.

Town fans will be located in the Shed End. The view from this area is said to be pretty good and the refreshment areas are modern looking. 

Where to Eat & Drink

The nearest away supporters’ pubs are to the north-east of Stamford Bridge at Earls Court, and are a 25 to 30-minute walk from the Stadium.

Earls Court Tavern

123 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London SW5 9RL

Prince of Teck

161 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London SW5 9RQ

The Courtfield Tavern

187 Court Road, Kensington, London SW5 9AN

How to get there

Stamford Bridge is the most central of the London football stadiums and is easily accessible by tube (Fulham Broadway) or bus from the centre of the city. It is advised against driving on matchdays due to resident parking restrictions and limited parking around the stadium which apply Monday - Sunday.

Public transport

As parking on a matchday is very limited the best way to travel to Stamford Bridge is by public transport. By tube or train The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line. If changing at Earls Court Station take a Wimbledon-bound tube. There are two Overground stations near to Stamford Bridge, West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, which are approximately a 15-minute walk from the stadium. These are both on a direct line between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction. Fulham Broadway tube station is wheelchair accessible. The station also has lift access.


Chelsea FC operate the following queuing procedure (see below) to co-ordinate and moderate the flow of supporters to the turnstiles in order to ensure a safe entry into the Stadium.

On arrival at the queuing system the following processes will occur:

Pre-entry ticket checks

Body and bag search

Electronic ticket scan

Entry through turnstile

During these procedures it may be necessary to temporarily hold supporters at cordon points in order to achieve a safe and steady flow through to the turnstiles.

Turnstiles will be open 2 hours (90 minutes for midweek fixtures) before kick-off and it is advised supporters be in their seats no later than 30 minutes before kick-off.

Please note that large numbers of Supporters arriving late cannot have an expectation of making it into the Stadium before kick-off.

Security Measures

Enhanced security measures are in place and supporters are advised to arrive early to facilitate these. It is requested supporters avoid bringing bags where possible as enhanced searches will be taking place. Please note that explosive/ narcotic/pyrotechnic detection dogs will be present throughout.

Persistent Standing

Persistent standing is not permitted under the Ground Regulations and, as such, should supporters stand, the club may have imposed upon it a reduction in capacity in the areas where it occurs. Persistent standing on match days is an increasing issue. We understand that supporters will stand at times of excitement and this is acceptable – but persistent standing does cause distress and discomfort to others. We urge you to respect your fellow supporters in this regard.


There is only a limited amount of space to display banners and flags within the Stadium and they must therefore be no larger than 80cm in depth and 250cm in width. Banners and flags must not obstruct the view of others, cover advertising signs or cause a safety hazard. Banners and flags must not display any abusive or threatening words, images, political statements or be deemed unacceptable. Flag poles are not allowed. All banners and flags must carry a Fire Safety Certificate.

Supporter Behaviour

Ground Regulations specifically outlaw the use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language and discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment relating to age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Chelsea FC takes all forms of discriminatory behaviour very seriously and believes all forms of discriminatory chanting, including antisemitism, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic chanting to be abhorrent behaviour that has no place in football.


Nearest Cash Machine

There is one cash machine located on-site next to the security office by Stamford Gate. There are also cash machines at Fulham Broadway and one across the road from Stamford Gate.

Not going to the game?

You can listen to uninterrupted coverage on iFollow Mariners.

Click here to download Chelsea's Visiting Supporter's Advise document. 

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