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Grimsby boss Michael Jolley came with a glimmer of hope that his side could cause an upset at Stamford Bridge, but it wasn’t to be as Chelsea ran riot and defeated the League Two side 7-1 to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
A young Chelsea side ran riot as goals from Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi ensured it was a perfect performance.
Jolley had stirred his side not to be afraid of Chelsea, claiming it was a game between 11 players apiece, but admitted after the game that the scoreline hurts.
Jolley said: “The result does sting a little bit, you never want to get beat as a professional by that scoreline.
“But I think we’ve got to keep it in some context, we played against an absolutely top outfit tonight, and the quality of their players is unbelievable.
“I definitely think there were some positive to take from the game, we scored a goal we had a good period were we felt right in the game, but the longer the game went on, their physicality and the quality of their play swamped us a little bit.”
Chelsea will play host to Manchester United in the fourth round of the competition after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side managed to beat Rochdale on penalties.
Reacting to the draw against Manchester United, Jolley said: “A big draw, pleased we’re at home. We’ll see.
“We have to respect them, it’s going to be a tough game, you have to give Rochdale credit for taking them all the way.”